Man Utd player locked in £12m transfer battle: Three PL clubs keen on securing deal

WEST HAM have moved to the front of the queue to sign Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, according to reports 

He still has two years to run on his current deal but Manchester United are ready to sell if clubs can match their £12million valuation.

United are expected to announce the arrival of Victor Lindelof today, meaning Smalling could find limited game time at Old Trafford next season.

The England international had an injury-ravaged campaign last season and started just 13 Premier League games.

Slaven Bilic will face competition from Premier League rivals Arsenal and Everton, who are also interested in the former Fulham defender, who has been at United since 2010.

The Hammers are also chasing Hamburg’s former Arsenal centre-back Johan Djourou, who is available on a free transfer but he has also been offered a deal by Spanish club Sevilla.

Djourou left Arsenal permanently in 2014 after struggling to make an impact in the Premier League.

West Ham are also reportedly ready to hijack Arsenal’s move for Henry Onyekuru with a second bid.

The 20-year-old revealed last month Arsenal had already made a bid for him while Newcastle have also been linked.

But West Ham are keen to jump ahead of their rivals in the race for his signature by lodging another bid.

Onyekuru impressed at Eupen last season, scoring 24 goals in all competitions and providing nine assists.

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