United swoop for Smalling

2010-01-26 21:40

Manchester - Manchester United have agreed to sign central defender Chris Smalling from Premier League rivals Fulham, the English champions announced Tuesday.

Premier League leaders United said the 20-year-old Smalling would join up at Old Trafford from the start of the 2010/11 season, meaning he'd spend the rest of the current campaign with London club Fulham.

"Manchester United has agreed terms for the transfer of Chris Smalling from Fulham," a club spokesperson told United's official website on Tuesday.

"Chris has agreed personal terms with the club and will join for the beginning of the 2010/2011 campaign. He will remain at Fulham until the end of the current season."

However, Fulham did cast the proposed move into some doubt Tuesday by saying "final terms" had still to be agreed with United.

A Fulham statement said: "Fulham can confirm that it has reached an agreement with Manchester United for the transfer of central defender Chris Smalling.

"Should a successful medical be completed and final terms agreed the player will join Sir Alex Ferguson's team at the start of the 2010/2011 season, staying at Fulham for the remainder of the current season."

United's title rivals Arsenal were also looking at signing Smalling but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said Tuesday: "It just looks like Manchester United offered more money than us."

Nevertheless, the Frenchman added: "As long as the player has not signed anywhere, it is not the end of it. Let's see what happens there."


  • Rolls Royce - 2010-01-27 10:03

    Another 8 million to the debt counter,whats the total now? 724 million.not looking to good at the theatre of debt

  • Achmed The Dead Terrorist - 2010-01-27 11:21

    Rolls never answered my question yesterday...Are you a New Chelsea or New Man City supporter? What does the clubs debt have to do with you? With all the debt and still in the top 3 must really be irritating you because all you seem to focus on is the clubs debt. All that debt and still winning trophies. WOW my friend WOW

  • Big K - 2010-01-27 11:58

    @ Rolls Royce, U have to get ur daily jerk off from the united articles hey??? Smalling is extremely talented, my guess is Vidic will go for 30odd in the summer and he'll play Smalling & Brown or Smalling & Evans and still has Sheasy!! Its bout time Vidic left anyway, Barca is calling him!!!!! Great buy Fergie, Well dne once again!!!!

  • Georgie Best - 2010-01-27 14:05

    I won't be surprised if the "copy cat" Arse'n Wankger, pulls the youngster over to Arse-nil, as he did with Aaron Ramsey, a Man United fan, great admirer of Giggs and Keane.

  • JustinD - 2010-01-27 15:54

    @Rolls Royce....Liverpool boy ey? Best you worry about your own incompetence!! Chop!!

  • Rolls Royce - 2010-01-28 09:22

    All you ever hear about is "Manure the richest club in the world" Bla,Bla,Bla well they are not so special are they?they are being brought down to earth like the rest of them...Toffee's forever,so we start climbing the ladder,with almost no budget,now that's a top coach in King David Moyes.Not like buying Berbatov For 30 Bar,what a shocking waist of money.Those Yanks are going down people,watch this space

  • @ rolls royce - 2010-01-28 14:02

    man u havent statedd they are the richest club in the world cause they are not you chop... and berbatov hasn't been a waste of money his being progresing and only getting better... thing is you toffees start to perform and then you cant handle the full season so when it comes to the last few fixtures you do wat you do best drop yourt head and run for the hills you guys are barely hanging in the top 10... being brought down to earth ummmm ok we are still 2nd in debt and playing good football could be playing better... typical toffees supporters all talk and you just dont have wat it takes to play with the big of debt will always be a place of champs that no1 can take away its where dreams are made not where you guys are still dreaming about it and getting nowhere near it

  • Gatekeeper - 2010-01-28 14:25

    @ Rolls Royce. So you are an Everton fan? Good side, but coming from a Spurs fan like myself... Everton have nothing on Man United. Why are you worried over debt, bad buys (and yes - Berbatov from Spurs has seemed a bad buy) etc etc? You shoud be happy Man United are 'struggling'. Pity when they 'struggle', it only puts them in 2nd place hey? Grow up dude. Just deal with the fact that Man United are a better team.

  • Rolls Royce@Gatekeeper - 2010-01-29 07:16

    Are you sure you support Spurs?you sound like an undercover Manure fan

  • Happy people! - 2010-01-29 14:20

    @Rolls Royce, there is nothing wrong with debt as long as it is managed! If you have a bond and car payment, you are in debt with the bank, so does mean you are in sh*it? Obviously not. It is preferable to be debt free so you can spend more freely, on non essentials, but with debt you won't shrivel up and die. You make a plan! Don't get pulled into the media frenzy, they aim to sell stories that fascinate people like , to pay their debts, obviously.

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