By Danny Wright
West Ham are beginning to sweat over the possibility of signing Sporting CP midfielder William Carvalho and are now lining up a potential replacements if talks break down, according to a report.
Football.London claims that Slaven Bilic is ready to switch attention to Porto’s Danilo Pereira as a contingency plan after Sporting bumped up their demands for Carvalho.
The report says that Danilo has also been kept track of by Arsenal, who sent scouts to keep watch over the Portugual international who was Carvalho’s team-mate when they won Euro 2016 together in France last summer.
Benfica enforcer Ljubomir Fejsa is also reported to be an option that the Hammers may switch to if they cannot land Carvalho.
The Serbian international helped Benfica win the Portuguese league title last season and is said to have been attracting attention from Tottenham.
It is understood that the Hammers are frustrated that they have been unable to make progress in their pursuit of signing up Carvalho and that talks will not take place for at least another 48 hours.
Football.London claims that West Ham are ready to pay £31million for the Sporting CP Star, but are ready to switch attention to Danilo of Fejsa if they do not budge from their £36.2million asking price.
Football Insider Verdict
West Ham could definitely do with some extra midfield steel this summer, and that was proved in the 4-0 loss to Manchester United on Sunday. All of the Portuguese-based options will do well in Bilic’s side, it just depends on how much him and the club’s board are willing to pay. Carvalho is the most attractive option mainly because he’s just as good on the ball as he is off it. Danlio and Fejsa both have their spots in the Champions League group stages confirmed and that could mean that they will be demanding huge wages to try and prise them away from their respective clubs. Either way, its a very good sign that West Ham aren’t putting all their eggs into one basket and that plan’s B and C look as good as plan A.