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Tottenham are considering a summer more for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, according to reports in Italy.

Smalling is currently on loan at AS Roma but is due to return to United at the end of the season. He has made 21 Serie A appearances this term, earning plaudits for the way he has adapted to a foreign league.

The Daily Mail claims Roma want to make the deal permanent but are unwilling to pay more than £14 million through fears of breaching Financial Fair Play regulations. United apparently want £17 million for the 30-year-old.

That’s presumably affordable to Spurs, who – according to Italian outlet Tuttosport – will act on their interest in Smalling if Roma are unable to agree a fee.

Jose Mourinho worked with Smalling at United, so it makes sense that the Tottenham boss might have identified the strengths he could bring to the squad.

If Spurs’ defensive performance against Wolves is anything to go by, the Londoners could do with a new centre-back. Toby Alderweireld was on the bench on Sunday, while Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez and Japhet Tanganga were all unconvincing.

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