West Brom equalled their best-ever Premier League finish this season, ending up in 10th position, whilst they were only one victory shy of recording their highest-ever points tally in the top flight.
But, rather uncharacteristically, their defence was surprisingly weak in this campaign and that is seldom something usually associated with a team led by Tony Pulis, who is well-known for keeping things tight at the back.
The Baggies conceded 51 goals, the second-worst defence of the sides that ended up in the top 10, with only six clean sheets, those coming against the Red Devils, Stoke City, Sunderland, Burnley, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace.
Reports are now suggesting Pulis is aiming to bring in some reinforcements at the back and Smalling, who has struggled with injury and loss of form this year, is believed to be a target.
The England international’s future at Old Trafford is uncertain going into the summer transfer window and West Brom are hoping they can force through a deal with an offer around the £12million mark.
If Smalling was to arrive at the Hawthorns, he would become the fourth United player to make that move, following in the footsteps of Darren Fletcher, Jonny Evans and Anders Lindegaard.