Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Chris Smalling from AS Roma.
Newcastle confirmed their second signing of the window this morning, with Chris Wood officially completing his move from Burnley.
He followed Kieran Trippier to St. James’ Park, and it has been a positive start to the month from the club.
Newcastle would ideally like at least one new central defender in before Saturday’s Premier League match with Watford.
And it looks as though the Magpies have now turned their attention to Smalling, with the club having also seen reportedly seen a bid for Diego Carlos rejected (Marca).
Teleradiostereo claim Smalling, 32, is in Newcastle’s sights, but the player is not totally convinced by a move to the club just at the moment.
Smalling has made 16 appearances so far this season.
He has been with the Italian outfit since 2019, joining on an initial loan deal from Manchester United.
Smalling turned the move permanent in the summer of 2020, and has done a good job of getting his career back on track over in Serie A.
It remains to be seen if Newcastle can convince him into a return to English football.
Chris Smalling could be a risky signing by Newcastle
Newcastle adding Smalling to their ranks would be a slightly risky move from the club’s new owners.
Smalling could well improve Newcastle’s backline.
Obviously he has many years of Premier League experience under his belt already. He won two Premier League titles with Manchester United.
Him being 6ft 4in is particularly nice, as Newcastle are not the biggest side.
He is a pretty solid defender and also a goal threat. He has three goals so far this term and six in 74 games in total for Roma – which is a good return for a centre-back.
The only concern would be that his injury record is not exactly perfect.
According to WhoScored.com, Smalling has started just 22 of a possible 59 games since the start of last season. He’s actually made a couple of errors leading to goals across that period too.
Newcastle, obviously, need to bring in players they can count on. Players that can stay fit and put in consistently good performances.