Report: Centre-back targeted by Spurs yet to make decision on his future

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Reports emerging from Italy reveal that Chris Smalling is yet to make a decision on where he will be playing his football next season, with several clubs including Tottenham Hotspur said to be interested in his services.

Smalling is enjoying an impressive season on loan at AS Roma and his performances at the Stadio Olympico have reportedly caught the attention of several Premier League clubs, including Spurs and Everton (Corriere Dello via The Express).

The England international has been backed to leave Manchester United at the end of the season and it has been claimed that Roma wish to make the deal for him permanent in the summer (Calciomercato).

The defender has already admitted that he feels settled in the Italian capital (BBC Sport).

However, the latest update from Gazzetta dello Sport (as relayed by Sport Witness) reveals that the 30-year-old will think long and hard about his future at the end of the season.

The publication claims that Roma are aware that both Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti will be hard to turn down and are hoping that they can qualify for next season’s Champions League in order to tempt Smalling to make the switch on a permanent basis.

Spurs Web Opinion

Given that our problem at the moment seems to be an ageing backline, it doesn’t make too much sense to bring someone like Smalling in as he too is likely to deteriorate considerably in a season or two. We need to ensure we sign someone with the long-term in mind rather than just as a temporary stopgap.

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