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Manchester United tipped by the bookies to keep hold of Chris Smalling

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has been linked with a move away from the club this summer following the arrival of Victor Lindelof from Benfica, but online bookmakers 10Bet have him at 2/13 to still be at Old Trafford when the window slams shut at the end of this month.

The 27-year-old was criticised by Jose Mourinho last season for being too cautious when the Red Devils were suffering from a defensive injury crisis, while he started Sunday’s Premier League opener against West Ham United on the substitutes’ bench with Eric Bailly and Phil Jones preferred at the heart of the defence even though Lindelof was absent from the squad.

The Telegraph stated in June that United were willing to sell the England international and that the likes of West Ham United, Everton and West Bromwich Albion were interested in the centre-back, while The Sun claimed that Tottenham Hotspur were keen.

The Baggies are the most likely destination for Smalling if he does leave Old Trafford according to BetVictor, who have them at 2/1 to sign the 27-year-old, with Spurs next in line at 8/1.

Despite foot and knee injuries, the Three Lions defender still made 36 appearances in all competitions for United last season and his Premier League experience and pedigree from playing in European competition mean that he should be an attractive proposition.

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