Report: Spurs have already ‘taken a few steps’ to sign experienced defender in summer

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Tottenham have already taken their first steps towards completing the signing of Manchester United defender Chris Smalling in the summer, according to the latest reports emerging from Italy.

Smalling left Manchester United to join AS Roma on a season-long loan deal last summer and the defender has fared much better than expected at the Italian capital.

He has been a vital part of the Roma backline and has seemingly returned to his best this season after a couple of below-par campaigns at Old Trafford over the last couple of years.

The centre half’s performances this season have reportedly caught the attention of several Premier League clubs, including Spurs and Everton (Corriere Dello via The Express).

Gazzetta dello Sport (as relayed by Sport Witness) reported a few days ago that Roma are keen to make the deal for Smalling permanent before the likes of Spurs and Everton can swoop for him.

However, Italian newspaper Leggo now reveal that Spurs have already ‘taken a few steps’ to bring the 30-year-old in North London.

The report claims that the Red Devils will demand around €20 million for Smalling’s services in the summer.

Spurs Web Opinion

While Smalling can be a decent option for us, he will only be a temporary stop-gap for a year or two rather than a long-term solution to our problems in defence. I also don’t think he is of the standard required if we wish to close the gap with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.

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