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Report: United reject bid for Smalling

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Everton has had a bid for Chris Smalling rejected.

According to a report in The Manchester Evening News, Everton has made a bid to take the defender to Goodison Park.

The offer was in turn rejected by United.

It is understood that Smalling is still considered a key member of the first-team squad by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Everton is running a little lean in their defensive areas.

They allowed Phil Jagielka and Ashley Jones to leave, and Kurt Zouma went back to parent club Chelsea after his loan spell ended.

Manchester United have rejected an approach from Everton to take Chris Smalling on loan.

Everton approached United about Smalling, 29, having released Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka and seen Kurt Zouma return to Chelsea from his loan spell.

Both Smalling and Jones only put pen to paper on contract extensions during the last 12 months.

While Solskjaer’s style of play has exposed some of Smalling’s weaknesses. He is still considered an asset.

In comparison to the likes of Marcos Rojo, who only managed a hand full of appearances last year. Primarily due to injuries.

Smalling has was only involved in half os Unitedds preseason games. This has only served to intensify the speculation surrounding his future.

It is widely believed that Rojo is the odd man out in the defensive department. With interest in the Argentine in fact from Everton in seasons past.

Rojo, 28, is under contract until 2021. He is thought to be open to a move if he falls any further down the line.

With the acquisition of world record defender Harry Maguire, United have seven centre-backs on the books.

The French, Spanish, German and Italian transfer windows do not close unit September 2nd.

United will probably still be open to selling one of them for the right price even after the British transfer window closes.