Newcastle United are interested in signing former Manchester United central defender Chris Smalling from AS Roma in the January transfer window, according to SiamolaRoma.it. The report in the Italian news outlet has claimed that Newcastle have a strong interest in the 32-year-old English defender.
Regarding Smalling’s stance, it has been reported that the defender himself is not fully convinced about a move to Newcastle, who are in the Premier League bottom three at the moment and could get relegated to the Championship at the end of the season. However, Eddie Howe’s side have signed striker Chris Wood and right-back Kieran Trippier in their attempt to escape the dreaded drop.
Smalling has made nine starts and four substitute appearances in Serie A for Roma so far this season, scoring two goals in the process. The 32-year-old defender has also scored one goal in three Conference League games so far this campaign.