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Carvalho back in favour?

Filed: Friday, 14th June 2019
By: Staff Writer

West Ham are once again being linked with a move for Real Betis' Portuguese international William Carvalho.

The defensive midfielder was a key target of former manager Slaven Bilic's two summers ago when still at Sporting, but the move fell through after a row ensued between the club's director Nuno Saraiva and West Ham's David Sullivan.

However reports from Portugal (via Estadio Deportivo) suggest that West Ham have made fresh enquiries into Carvalho's availability - less than a year after he joined La Liga's Real Betis in a €16million (plus add-ons) deal.

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And with Betis having failed to qualify for European competition next season as a result of finishing 10th in last season's La Liga, Los Verdiblancos are thought to be willing to listen to offers for the 27-year-old.

During 2017's negotiations with Sporting, West Ham's offered €20million for Carvalho, €5million short of the Portuguese club's valuation of the player.

And according to co-owner Sullivan, when the Hammers went back in with a €25million offer the price suddenly rose to nearly double that figure.

"I told Slaven that I was going back in with €25million," Sullivan told The Guardian. "They said 'we want €35m guaranteed plus another €15m of achievable add-ons'. I told Slaven that all we had was €25m and even that’s a stretch.

Sporting's Nuno Saraiva accused West Ham's Sullivan of being economical with the truth [pic:cmjornal.pt]

"I did what Slaven wanted and his agent couldn’t deliver. If he had said at the start it was €35m plus €15m of achievable add-ons, I would have said that I couldn’t do it."

However Sullivan's version of events was later disputed by Sporting's Nuno Saraiva, who accused West Ham of making an illegal approach to Carvalho and slammed the co-owner's comments as "intellectual pornography".

* In other transfer news Bologna are hoping to lure Angelo Ogbonna back to Italy, write Il resto del Carlino.

The Italian international has been extensively linked with a return to Serie A during the past 12 months and is said to have already opened exploratory talks with view to a return to his homeland.

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