Hammers Prepare £25m Bid for Sought-After Sporting Lisbon Anchorman William Carvalho

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Sporting Lisbon central midfielder William Carvalho looks finally set to leave the club after years of speculation, as he is set to undergo a medical at West Ham, according to Portuguese source Renascença.

The 25-year-old Portugal worldwide has been a target for several Premier League clubs over the past four seasons but Sporting have always proved notoriously hard to negotiate with, and have demanded a price closer to his release clause which is understood to be £39.5million.

The report suggests that West Ham's initial offer was rejected by Sporting but a second offer, which would be a club record £27.2m deal for the Premier League outfit if accepted, is being made.

Carvalho was born in Angola but represents Portugal on the worldwide scene, for whom he has 37 appearances and was part of their triumphant Euro 2016 campaign.

Should the deal go through, West Ham would go into the Premier League season with a handful of new faces at the London Stadium as they have already signed Marko Arnautovic, Pablo Zabaleta, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Joe Hart.

The Portuguese club are demanding €40m for Carvalho, but West Ham do not agree to that valuation and are hopeful of reaching a compromise. Robert Snodgrass and Sofiane Feghouli look like likely candidates to be on the way out of the club.

West Ham open their season on Sunday at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

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