According to reports on Portuguese media outlet Correio da Manha, West Ham United target and Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho has a big-money offer to move to China, but Sport Witness report that he would prefer to join a Premier League club.
Well, Correio da Manha says that Carvalho’s father Simao was handed a proposal from a Chinese Super League club worth €6m (currently around £5.4m) per season for four years a few weeks ago.
Correio da Manha reports that the Portugal international is unlikely to extend his contract with Sporting even though club president Bruno de Carvalho is hoping he will, with Simao still unhappy that a summer move to West Ham fell through.
The report adds that while the Irons offered to pay €35m (currently around £31.3m) across two years, Bruno de Carvalho wanted the full amount paid in 12 months.
Sport Witness believes that the 25-year-old would much rather play in England than China, meaning it will be up to West Ham to see off any interest from China in the January transfer window – if new boss David Moyes wants the player.
Despite the disappointment of his move to the Premier League failing to materialise and some injury issues, the Portugal international has made 10 appearances in all competitions for Sporting so far this term.
He certainly hasn’t let his performances or attitude drop either having captained the side in eight of those 10 outings, including a 3-2 win away against Olympiacos in the Champions League.
It’s difficult to say.
Obviously the change in manager from Slaven Bilic to Moyes may play a part and it could be down to whether the Scot likes Carvalho enough or not.
That said, the central/defensive midfield positions do seem to be a weakness for the Irons right now and the addition of the 25-year-old, who would provide a barrier in front of a leaky backline, could prove to be crucial in the club’s relegation battle.
Finding a fee and payment plan that would suit Sporting Lisbon could be a bigger problem though, especially as the two parties fell out over the deal back in the summer.