By Danny Wright
West Ham are well shy of Sporting CP’s valuation of midfielder William Carvalho after making an initial bid worth £27.1million earlier this week, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that Sporting are looking for a fee worth £36.1million for the 25-year-old Portugal international, but that hasn’t put Slaven Bilic off in his pursuit of bolstering his midfield.
The Hammers’ first big-money bid would have seen them smash their club record transfer for the second time this summer following the purchase of Marko Arnautovic from Stoke.
The Daily Mail has reported that Carvalho has a £39million release clause tied into his contract with the Portuguese giants, who are now said to have responded to a first offer by laying out their valuation of Carvalho in emphatic fashion by rating him nearer to the buy-out fee.
The Mirror has now claimed that Bilic is “determined” to sign the Euro 2016 winner in the belief that he would be adding quality to a midfield that is going to be without Cheikhou Kouyate for at least the first month of the campaign.
Carvalho has been in great form for Sporting over the years and last season he made 43 appearances across all competitions, scoring two goals in the process.
Football Insider Verdict
Sporting have already been said to have been hard to negotiate with, and it looks as though West Ham have got themselves into what could be a bit of a transfer saga. It appears that Bilic is set on landing Carvalho this summer, but it remains to be seen if he has £36.1million in his budget after already signing the likes of Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez in expensive deals. Not many teams in Premier League history have ever spent over £30million and it would be huge show of the times if the Hammers become the next ones to do it considering they finished in the bottom half last year. However a signing like Carvalho would see the London club propel themselves up the table towards the Europa League qualification spots.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers are also eyeing up this midfielder from one of their London rivals.