Terms agreed: West Ham confident of completing record transfer ahead of Newcastle clash - report
By Harvey Byrne
West Ham are confident they can complete the signing of William Carvalho before Saturday’s Premier League clash against Newcastle, according to a report.
The Sun have claimed on their website that the Hammers have held further talks over the 25-year-old Sporting Lisbon star on Monday and that the east Londoners are now willing to increase their offer from £32million to £34million.
The increased offer is one that is said Slaven Bilic’s side are confident will be accepted and with personal terms already agreed in a five-year contract it is detailed that a medical is all that is left in the way of the 37-time Portugal international completing a move to east London.
Carvalho was once considered a player of immense potential and despite not reaching those heights he has still had a highly successful career to date and the midfield enforcer will be looking to continue that at West Ham, who have shipped seven goals in their first two league games.
£34million would also smash West Ham’s transfer record, which currently stands at the £25million spent on Marko Arnautovic.
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Football Insider verdict:
Carvalho should take West Ham to the next level and alongside the likes of Javier Hernandez, Joe Hart and Arnautovic all also joining there is now no excuses for manager Slaven Bilic if the Portugal international does make the switch. There was a lot of expectation placed on the Hammers before the start of the new campaign and after two league matches they have been left at the bottom of the Premier League table. The pressure is already building on Bilic after a disappointing last season and the addition of Carvalho will only add to that.
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