Chris Smalling: Newcastle target Manchester United defender

The 30-year-old has two years left on contract at Old Trafford and is available for transfer

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling leads Newcastle manager Steve Bruce’s wanted list in this transfer window

Newcastle are targeting Manchester United defender Chris Smalling as Steve Bruce looks to strengthen his backline.

Smalling leads Bruce's wanted list this transfer window, having enjoyed a successful spell on loan at Roma last season, where he played 37 times to help them to a fifth-placed finish in Serie A.

The 30-year-old has two years left on his contract at Old Trafford and is available for transfer.

Bruce wants to 'buy British' this summer and former England international Smalling clearly fits the profile, although the collapse of the proposed Saudi-led takeover means his transfer funds may be limited.

during the Coppa Italia match between Parma Calcio and AS Roma at Ennio Tardini on January 16, 2020 in Parma, Italy.
Image: Smalling spent last season on loan at Roma

Smalling's last appearance for United came in the 2-0 home defeat to Cardiff on the final day of the 2018/19 season.

Sancho could push for Man Utd move

Manchester United themselves are also keen to strengthen their squad over the summer.

Jadon Sancho could push for a move to Old Trafford, if Borussia Dortmund receive an offer from the Premier League club.

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Image: Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho may push for a move to United

They are not giving up on trying to sign the England winger, despite the fact they missed the Monday deadline Borussia Dortmund set for the deal to be done.

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