According to reports in The Mirror, West Ham United are ready to revive their interest in summer target William Carvalho after releasing a statement saying they have made up with Sporting Lisbon following a big disagreement.
Well, the Irons were keen to bring the Portugal international to the London Stadium during the summer transfer window, but a move failed to materialise and a war of words between the two parties broke out.
According to The Mirror, Sporting accused the east London outfit of tapping the Euro 2016 winner up and their president Bruno de Carvalho denied that West Ham had even made a bid for the 25-year-old – something the Premier League side believed to be libellous.
However, a statement released on Tuesday says the two clubs have now resolved their differences and this could pave the way for more talks over Carvalho, who The Mirror believes David Moyes could be interested in as he wants a new defensive midfielder.
Posted on Whufc.com, it read: “West Ham and Sporting Clube de Portugal acknowledge that a breakdown in communication based in contacts between representatives from both clubs in respect of a possible transfer of William Carvalho was the cause of a misunderstanding.
“Subsequent to this, the clubs have had positive communications and the matter is now resolved.
“On this basis, friendly relations between the clubs will resume and there will be no barriers to both clubs negotiating or working together in the future.”
He certainly would be.
The Portugal international, who has captained Sporting on 10 of his 14 appearances in all competitions this season, would provide a much-needed barrier in front of a leaky Irons defence.
The east London outfit have conceded a Premier League high tally of 32 goals in their 15 matches this term, with the likes of Cheikhou Kouyate and Pedro Obiang not performing well enough in the middle of the park.
The latest statement suggests that West Ham have buried the hatchet with Sporting with a view to doing business in the future, and a move for Carvalho considering their struggles seems likely.
However, whether Sporting are willing to be easy to work and negotiate with – and whether the player is willing to join their relegation battle – remains to be seen.