Everton should forget William Carvalho and sign West Ham star Declan Rice instead

According to Sky Sports on June 1, Everton are keen to sign Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder William Carvalho this summer, but they perhaps should be targeting West Ham United’s Declan Rice, rated at £9m by Transfermarkt, instead following an interesting development.

What’s the word, then?

William Carvalho in action for Sporting

Well, Sky Sports report that new Toffees boss Marco Silva is keen to be reunited with a player he managed during his time in charge of the Portuguese club, as he looks to provide competition for the likes of Idrissa Gueye and Tom Davies in the middle of the park, with a 6ft 1in Ronald Koeman signing reportedly informing the Merseyside outfit that he wants to leave.

Sky Sports say that both the player and his representatives are trying to arrange a transfer to the Premier League, which has become even more urgent after some of Sporting’s players were attacked by their own supporters at the training ground last month.

While Silva seems to want the 26-year-old, he perhaps should be keeping close tabs on Rice’s contract situation at West Ham with the Republic of Ireland international understandably unhappy with the new £8,000-a-week deal he has been offered, as per the Daily Mail.

How did Rice do during the 2017/18 campaign?

It was a breakthrough season for the 19-year-old, who took advantage of the departure of Jose Fonte and injuries to James Collins and Winston Reid to establish himself as a regular in the starting XI in 2018.

The teenager made 26 Premier League appearances – and 34 in all competitions – with the majority of those coming as part of a three-man defence alongside Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell.

The Republic of Ireland international has largely played as a defensive midfielder for his country though and given his quality on the ball, that looks to be the position he will feature in more regularly moving forward.

Why would Rice be a better signing than Carvalho?

Firstly, he already knows the Premier League well and at 19 years of age, he looks to have a huge future ahead of him.

Yes, Carvalho would be a bigger-name signing for Everton, but it is uncertain whether he would actually offer that much more than Rice, who could be available for a decent fee this summer given he only has two years left on his contract at the London Stadium, in a defensive midfield role for the Toffees.