'It's too late' - Slaven Bilic delivers worrying West Ham transfer update
By Danny Wright
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has revealed that he is “confident” of completing the signing of William Carvalho before the transfer window slams shut next week.
However the London Stadium boss has worryingly admitted that it would be “too late” to bring in any one if that deal breaks down.
The Guardian reports that the Hammers are in a stand-off with Sporting CP over a fee for the 25-year-old Portugal international, with the two parties £5million away from agreeing a deal.
It is understood that the Premier League side have offered £32.5million for Carvalho, but are growing increasingly frustrated with Sporting’s resilience, with the deal now said to have a 50 per cent chance of being completed.
However Bilic, 48, is remaining optimistic that he can bring in the Sporting enforcer to smash West Ham’s transfer record for the second time this summer.
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“It’s hard to be objective,” he said, as quoted by the Guardian. “But I am quite confident.”
The report adds that Sunderland’s Didier Ndong has emerged as a target for the Hammers while the deal for Carvalho has been dragged out.
When asked about the Black Cats enforcer, Bilic worryingly admitted that “it’s too late” for any other deal to go through if the effort for Carvalho fails to come to fruition, which looks increasingly likely as each day passes without a development.
Football Insider Verdict
The signing of Carvalho would turn West Ham’s summer from a good one into an excellent one. Although results haven’t gone their way so far this season, the signings of Javier Hernandez and Joe Hart are ones that every Irons supporter should be happy with, and snapping up Carvalho would no doubt be the icing on the cake. The Portugal international is a very good player and offers exactly what West Ham need. Sporting are right to play hardball over a midfielder they rate so highly, but if £5million is what is holding up the deal, West Ham should just try to meet them half way and use the funds garnered from offloading the unwanted Robert Snodgrass.