United win Smalling chase

Manchester United have confirmed that they have agreed a deal which will see defender Chris Smalling join them from Fulham in the summer.

The 20-year-old had recently been linked with a move across the capital to join Arsenal, but the Red Devils have moved in to seal a deal.

A statement on the club's official website read:"Manchester United has agreed terms for the transfer of Chris Smalling from Fulham.

"Chris has agreed personal terms with the club and will join for the beginning of the 2010-11 campaign. He will remain at Fulham until the end of the current season."

Smalling has made just nine first-team appearances for the Cottagers to date, eight of which have come this season.

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson had recently told his club's official website about his high hopes for Smalling.

He said:"He was a late developer in the sense that he didn't get picked up by a league club in the early part of his career because we found him playing in Maidstone.

"He was 17 and we luckily scouted him there and persuaded him to come here and in the time he's been with us he's been quite outstanding.

"He's a very talented player and he's obviously one for the future. I'm delighted to see him doing so well for the Under-21s for England.

"Whenever he's been called upon to play for us, even in very difficult games, he's performed splendidly. He's one we fully believe in and we hope he'll be a Fulham player for many years to come."

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