By Danny Wright
West Ham are confident of making Sporting CP midfielder William Carvalho their sixth signing of the summer within the next week, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that the Irons believe that they are close to completing a £36million swoop for the 25-year-old Portugal international within the next seven days after having an initial £27million bid rebuffed.
It is understood that West Ham have now met Sporting CP’s demands for the midfielder with performance-related bonuses.
If Carvalho’s move to the London Stadium is completed, it would be the second time this summer that the Hammers have smashed their club transfer record following Marko Arnautovic’s move from Stoke earlier this summer in a deal worth up to £25million.
The Euro 2016 winner would also become Slaven Bilic’s sixth summer recruit after Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart, Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez and Sead Haksabanovic all joined the Londoners since last season ended.
The Mirror adds that Carvalho is keen on a move to West Ham and he was left out of Sporting’s 1-0 victory over Setubal on Saturday despite playing a major part in their squad last season.
Football Insider Verdict
Sunday’s showing against Manchester Untied proved that the West Ham squad is far from being the finished article. While Bilic and the Irons’ owners have worked tirelessly to improve the squad over the summer, they still could do with an extra body or two in the centre of midfield. Carvalho is a natural born winner and is someone who could come into the London Stadium and lift the mood of everyone. He has reportedly been wanted by some of the Premier League’s top sides in recent years and if the Hammers were to land him it would be a really coup for the east London side. Carvalho could forge a strong partnership with Cheikhou Kouyate in the centre of the park.
In other West Ham news, supporters have blasted this summer signing after his display against Manchester United on Sunday.