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Spurs rival Everton for Roma defender Smalling

Tottenham have joined the interest in Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.

Smalling's permanent move to Roma could be scuppered if the Serie A side fail to qualify for the Champions League, says Corriere dello Sport.

Tottenham and Everton have made contact with United over Smalling, while he is also under consideration at Juventus.

United chief executive Ed Woodward has, in turn, increased his asking price for the star to £16.5million, and the deal in total could set Roma back £33million when wages are taken into consideration.

Roma wouldn't be able to sanction such a move if they end up playing in the Europa League next season, the report claims, with Smalling set to accept a pay cut in his current United wages but keen on a longer deal.

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