Manchester United to buy Chris Smalling?

Fulham are reported to have accepted a bid from Manchester United for promising young defender Chris Smalling.

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Chris Smalling: Highly-rated youngster has attracted the attention of the Premier League's big guns.

Smalling, who impressed on his Premier League debut against Chelsea last month, has only two league appearances under his belt but has played four times in the Europa League for the Cottagers this season.

Arsenal had been heavily linked with the England Under-21 international, but United have made the first move, according to Sky Sports.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger revealed that he has also made an offer for Smalling and maintained that until the ink is dry, no deal can be considered done.

"It just looks like Manchester United offered more money than us, but as long as the player has not signed anywhere it is not the end of it," the Arsenal manager said.

"Let's see what happens there. We will not come out on what we are doing exactly. It has come out [elsewhere], but that does not mean it is true. If we have anything more to tell you we will let you know.''

It is believed a fee in the region of £8 million would be needed to prise the talented centre-back away from Craven Cottage and should he sign for United, he would bolster Sir Alex Ferguson's defensive options, with John O'Shea ruled out for the rest of the season.

Smalling, 21, previously played for Maidstone United and was plying his trade in the Ryman Premier League - the seventh tier of the English football pyramid - only two years ago.

*Taken from Soccernet.com

*For Chris Smalling's biodata, click here.

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