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Report: West Ham Readying Audacious Bid For Key Manchester United Defender

http:MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Chris Smalling of Manchester United applauds the crowd after victory in the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and VfL Wolfsburg at Old Trafford on September 30, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)based-stats/

With the Premier League decided and European qualification spots all but determined, focus now turns to the pending transfer window and who might end up where.

Transfer news at Manchester United have, for the most part, been all one way traffic. With reports of some £300 million ready to spend to bring players into Old Trafford, it nearly comes as a surprise when a report emerges of a United player being linked with a move away.

The Express, via the Brentwood Gazzette, reports that newly crowned Players’ Player of the Year Chris Smalling has become a big-name target of Slaven Bilic and West Ham United.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 01: Chris Smalling of Manchester United is challenged by Shinji Okazaki of Leicester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford on May 1, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Following one of their strongest performances in the Premier League, and with European football guaranteed for next season, West Ham are keen to bring in marquee names as they prepare to move to the Olympic Stadium in this summer.

Smalling, who made his name with Fulham, moved to United in 2010 and has grown into a key member of the United defence. Following a strong campaign this term, which has seen the England international make nearly 60 appearances this season for club and country, the Hammers are ready to table an offer in the region of £20 million in the hope of bringing the highly rated defender back to his home town.

For United, any bid for Smalling would likely be rejected as, following the disappearance of Phil Jones due to injury and loss of form, Smalling has become a key man in defence for the Old Trafford club.

during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 25, 2015 in Manchester, England.

With already limited defensive options, fans will be keen to see any transfer bid for a possible future captain of Manchester United, strongly rejected by the club. The 26 year old is entering his prime and United need a figure such as Smalling around which to build a solid and enduring defence.

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Author: The PA Team

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