Reports: Manchester United reject Everton's Chris Smalling bid
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Reports: Manchester United reject Everton's Chris Smalling bid

Manchester United have reportedly rejected a loan bid from Everton for defender Chris Smalling.

According to Sky Sports, the Toffees are keen on 'borrowing' the services of the England international, especially after the Manchester club acquired the services of Leicester City's Harry Maguire. 

It is however believed that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees the 29-year-old as a key member of the team, and will not allow him to leave. 

Smalling has three years left on his long-term contract that he signed in December 2018, with the option to extend for a further year.

He joined Alex Furguson-led United team in 2010 from Fulham and has made 323 appearances across all competitions since then, including 24 Premier League appearances last season.

Everton are in recruitment overdrive and have been linked with a host of players in the last couple of days, with the transfer window closing in less than 48 hours. 

Reports indicate that they have once again failed with another bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, as well as Arsenal's Alex Iwobi. 

They have however received a boost in their pursuit of the Ivory Coast international after he handed in a transfer request to force a move.

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