Tottenham ready to make a shock transfer bid for Man Utd defender Chris Smalling after impressive Roma loan spell – The Sun

TOTTENHAM are preparing a shock transfer bid for Chris Smalling, according to reports.

The Manchester United defender, 30, has impressed this season during his loan spell with Roma.

Paulo Fonseca's side are keen to keep the English centre-back beyond the end of the season.

Boss Fonseca admitted in February: "Is it possible Smalling stays here at Roma? Yes. He is a very strong player and has had an immediate connection with Italian football.

"He is a great player, very important for us and likes to live in Rome."

But with Roma yet to agree a deal to make the switch permanent, Tuttosport believe Spurs want to nick in front in the queue and capture Smalling  – dubbed 'Smalldini' after his fine form, which includes keeping nine clean sheets in 28 appearances.

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