Rafa Sets Sights On New England International Defensive Target

There’s news in the Independent today that Newcastle are interested in signing 27 year-old England International center-back Chris Smalling, who will be allowed to leave Manchester United in the summer.

Chris has been at the Red Devils for seven seasons and he’s just the kind of experienced Premier League center-back we need at Newcastle for the coming season.

The other Premier League clubs said to be interested in the player include Everton and West Ham United.

Newcastle interested in 27 year-old Chris Smalling

Smalling still has two years left on his contract, where he’s reported to earn £100K/week at the Red Devils.

With Jose Mourinho signing Victor Lindelof from Benfica this summer, Chris will be further down the pecking order at United and it’s probably best for his career that he makes a move to a club where he will get regular playing time next season.

Chris will also be keen to make the England World Cup squad for the finals in Russia next summer and he needs to be playing first team football to get into the England squad.

Newcastle are still to bring in any new center-backs this summer, with the news that Rafa wants to bring in two center-backs with the likelihood that both Grant Hanley and Chancel Mbemba will then be sold this summer.

Newcastle are said to be close to signing 26 year-old Eibar center-back Florian Lejeune for £8.7M, which is the fee in his release contract at the La Liga club.

Chris moved from Fulham to Manchester United back in 2010 and he has since played 243 times for the Red Devils with 13 goals.

153 of those appearances have been in the Premier League and he’s scored 7 league goals and Chris also has 31 England caps.

Chris Smalling would be an excellent signing for Newcastle, if we can get him through the door.

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