Report Spurs plotting shock move for Chris Smalling, but Mourinho may offer part-exchange deal

Tottenham's Eric Dier celebrates scoring their second goal with Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham are reportedly keen on Manchester United's Chris Smalling.

Manchester United's Chris Smalling in action with Stoke City's Xherdan ShaqiriManchester United's Chris Smalling in action with Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri

According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in landing Manchester United defender Chris Smalling – but he could be offered up in a part-exchange move for Eric Dier.

Smalling, 27, was a shock signing for United from Fulham in 2010, having made just 13 Premier League appearances following a switch from non-league Maidstone United, but he has proven himself in the top flight.

After initially failing to nail down a spot under Sir Alex Ferguson, Smalling flourished under Louis van Gaal, becoming arguably United's best centre back whilst become a starter for the England national team.

Smalling has though struggled to catch Jose Mourinho's eye, and with United splashing the cash to sign Benfica defender Victor Lindelof last week, Smalling could be on his way out of Old Trafford.

England's Chris Smalling looks on as a flare is let offEngland's Chris Smalling

Now, the Daily Mail claim that Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Smalling, as they weigh up a move to hand Greenwich-born Smalling a return to London this summer.

It's claimed that, having missed out on Hull's Harry Maguire to Leicester, Mauricio Pochettino is now pursuing other centre backs, with Smalling believed to be available after Lindelof's arrival.

Tottenham's Eric Dier celebrates scoring their second goal with Mauricio PochettinoTottenham's Eric Dier celebrates with Mauricio Pochettino

However, the report notes that Smalling could be offered up in a deal from United to land Spurs midfielder Eric Dier, given that the Red Devils are attempting to drive down Tottenham's whopping £50million asking price on the defender's head.

Tottenham do already have possibly the best centre back pairing in the Premier League in Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, but Smalling could be outstanding cover for Spurs or even start in a back three, giving Pochettino strong depth at the back – but he certainly won't want to give up Dier in order to land Smalling, with Burnley's Michael Keane and Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson also believed to be alternatives for Spurs.

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