By Abigail Withey

West Ham’s chances of signing Sporting Lisbon enforcer William Carvalho are only “50/50”, according to a report.

The Sun has revealed that the Hammers’ pursuit of the 25-year-old has stalled after his club named a mega-money price for the midfielder.

The newspaper claims that Slaven Bilic was preparing to fork out a club record fee of £36million for the midfielder, but his Portuguese side is demanding £40million, leading to the talks being dragged out.

It is understood that the east London boss was hoping to bring the Portugal international to the London Stadium before his club’s clash against Southampton at St. Mary’s on Sunday.

An insider at the club said that the Premier League outfit are still hoping to sign the midfield ace, but their chances are now only half.

The source, as quoted by the Sun, said: “It’s only 50/50 now. They are holding out.”

European star Carvalho joined current club, Sporting Lisbon, back in 2011 as has since made 156 appearances for the Liga NOS side, scored 10 goals and provided 12 assists.

Football Insider verdict

Sporting Lisbon’s extortionate £40m price tag will be incredibly disappointing to Slaven Bilic as the club has already a prepared a mega-money offer for the star. As deadline day looms closer, Bilic will be rushing to bolster his squad in order to avoid a repeat of their opening games last season, which ultimately led to their eleventh position finish in the Premier League. The club had a disappointing start to their 2017/18 campaign after being thrashed by Manchester United 4-0, and Bilic will be hoping to turn his club’s luck around in the upcoming fixtures. The Hammers should look to find the extra £4 million to reach Sporting Lisbon’s asking price as signing the midfielder would not only strengthen the squad dramatically but also boost morale within the club.

In other West Ham news, Bilic has confirmed that he wanted to sign Everton’s new striker.

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