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Smalling loan offer rejected

| Wednesday, 07 August 2019 27comments  |  Jump to last

Manchester United have reportedly rejected an approach from Everton to take Chris Smalling on loan for the season as the Blues' search for a centre-half continues.

Sky Sports News reporter Alan Myers, among others, has tweeted that the offer was turned down as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer regards Smalling as a vital member of his squad.

United have this week concluded an £80m deal to bring Harry Maguire to Old Trafford from Leicester City and it is believed that Marcos Rojo is the more likely of United's defenders to depart before tomorrow's transfer deadline.

Everton had been hoping to persuade Chelsea to part company with Kurt Zouma this summer after the Frenchman's impressive loan spell at Goodison Park last season but the Londoners' transfer embargo looks as though it might dash the Toffees' hopes.

Antonio Rüdiger's recent surgery means that he will miss the start of the season, leaving new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard with David Luiz and Andreas Christiansen as his only experienced centre-halves following Gary Cahill's departure for Crystal Palace.

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Jerome Shields
1 Posted 07/08/2019 at 14:48:11
Smalling bid rejected, next thing it will be Rojo bid rejected.
Richard Mason
2 Posted 07/08/2019 at 15:00:56
Feel ill with this one, don't want any utd defenders
Peter Warren
3 Posted 07/08/2019 at 15:02:19
Would only want Maguire and no other defender from Man U
Jay Harris
4 Posted 07/08/2019 at 15:08:38
Get Ake and Doucoure and I will be really happy this window.
Jimmy Hogan
5 Posted 07/08/2019 at 15:24:46
Good. Keep looking, Marcel. We don't want any second rate Man Utd defenders, no matter how desperate we are to beat the deadline.
Christopher Timmins
6 Posted 07/08/2019 at 15:27:00
The clock is ticking and this looks a bit desperate to me. Thank God they said no. It also suggests that Mina and Keane may be the first choice for the season and that we will go back looking for Zouma next summer.
Clarence Yurcan
7 Posted 07/08/2019 at 15:28:48
Smalling not good enough. On a side note, just want to say how great it is that Moshiri is flexing his financial muscle and Brands making all these astute moves. We've made many good signings already; now throwing £70M at Palace for Zaha. That's pocket change for us now

Everton are a big club and now acting like it! Swagger! Financial clout! Big balls!

Si Cooper
8 Posted 07/08/2019 at 15:53:20
No thank you!
Conor McCourt
9 Posted 07/08/2019 at 16:25:43
I haven't heard one Everton fan who wants this to happen but, for me, I would be fine with this for a few reasons.

1) If we can't get Zouma, then we need an experienced CB who is injury free to provide competition and capable of settling immediately.

2) The loan suggests it is a stop-gap arrangement, not a marquee signing.

3) The player's ability; I remember his season under Van Gaal when he was as good as any centre-half in the Premer League that season and even in his last 2 seasons he was reasonably solid despite the criticism.

4) Marco's coaching of defenders; our back 4 last season all improved defensively from what I'd seen before. Zouma was immense yet looked awful at Stoke, Keane was transformed from an average player, Digne was shocking at Barca defensively when I had seen him and even Coleman would always rely on his pace to cover his positional inadequacy yet he seemed not to get caught out much in the second half of the season despite his loss of pace.

Obviously if you compare Keane, Zouma and Smalling on last season's performance he clearly comes out worst but in my opinion if you judge the 3 on their performance in the season preceding Marco, then he would easily come out best.

Let me be clear: I'm not advocating us to sign Smalling but, at the same time, I don't think it would be the disaster it is being made out.

Paul Bernard
10 Posted 07/08/2019 at 16:26:14
Clarence at 7, I love the direction of Brands and Silva, but £70M for Zaha is 'Steve Walsh behaviour'. We should offer Lukaku an escape route or go all in for Zouma.
Phil Smith
11 Posted 07/08/2019 at 17:41:07
I actually think he's be a great back-up defender. Bags of PL experience, great in the air and can score the odd goal too. Just prone to lapses in concentration. He's certainly no Titus Bramble though!
Mike Gaynes
12 Posted 07/08/2019 at 17:46:06
Phil #11, "prone to lapses" is diplomatically put.

To me he's the Boeing 737 of Prem CBs. Lovely in flight, right up until the crash.

David Donnellan
13 Posted 07/08/2019 at 18:04:31
We have moved on from the ‘special relationship’ with Manure. I.e., they take our best players & give us their dog shit.
He is from the same team that we dicked 4-0 only a few months ago!
This transfer rumour aside, I have never rated Smalling, always looks a disaster waiting to happen. I work with a load of Manc fans & they were pissed off that Manure rejected Everton’s offer, when they heard the news. Says it all really!
David Pearl
14 Posted 07/08/2019 at 18:20:12
I agree with you. Bit of a scapegoat for Utd. I don't mind him, he would do a job. They are a complete mess, like we were a couple years ago, way too many players to make sense of. Strong squad player and maybe a safe option with little time remaining. Not that it will happen.

But something will...

James Stewart
15 Posted 07/08/2019 at 18:40:13
He’s not as bad as made out but we should be aiming higher.
Clarence Yurcan
16 Posted 07/08/2019 at 19:19:28
Paul #10. I for one agree on Lukaku, would have him back
Simon Dalzell
17 Posted 07/08/2019 at 19:28:19
Just when you think things are looking up. He was never that good, and is on the decline. Please no !!
Soren Moyer
18 Posted 07/08/2019 at 19:37:53
Thank god!
Christy Ring
19 Posted 07/08/2019 at 19:57:10
Id take him way ahead of Rojo and Jones.
Derek Knox
20 Posted 07/08/2019 at 20:32:10
At last some good news regarding a CB, wouldn't have him, Miss Jones, or Spanish Red, for a gold clock and zero wages!
Conor McCourt
21 Posted 07/08/2019 at 20:39:36
Derek I personally don't know why Umtiti isn't considered considering his availability and relationship with Barca. He is top class
Martin Berry
22 Posted 07/08/2019 at 20:56:52
Dont believe a word, Shane Duffy our ex is far better so cant believe we would even consider Smalling.
Martin Nicholls
23 Posted 07/08/2019 at 22:01:29
VAR will find out this penalty box grappler.
Denis Richardson
24 Posted 07/08/2019 at 22:26:38
Surprised by the negativity here. I think it’s not a bad move given just a loan. He’s got tons of experience and won loads of medals. Can’t do that if you’re not any good.

They said no as it is.

Does mean we’re at least trying hard for another CB now that Zoumas not happening. Think we’ll really be in trouble with just Keane and Mina in the middle.

Anthony Hawkins
25 Posted 07/08/2019 at 23:57:41
Thank god it was rejected. Can’t believe this had any legs. Wouldn’t want Smalling or Jones at Everton.
Jerome Shields
26 Posted 08/08/2019 at 08:59:11
Apparently Everton are now after Rojo. Man U PR Department make me laugh.
Karen Mason
27 Posted 08/08/2019 at 17:42:11
Although clearly yet to be proved, the signings so far look like real quality. Why on God's earth would we add Smalling or Rojo to this list? Not good enough doesn't even cover it.

Rojo is a dirty, dangerous defender & I wouldn't like him to be associated with our club. As for Smalling, 'Donkey' is the word that springs to mind. Just inadequate for the quality we want to bring to our club. No thanks. Next...!!

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