In Focus: William Carvalho worth not giving up on for West Ham

As reported by The Mirror, West Ham United have not yet given up their pursuit of Portuguese international midfielder William Carvalho.

What’s the story?

West Ham’s season has started poorly but with some time still left before the transfer window shuts at the end of August, supporters will be hoping that the club can take a dip back into the transfer market this summer.

One player they continue to pursue is Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho. That’s according to The Mirror, who say that despite the Hammers having a £22m bid rejected for the 25-year-old, they have re-opened talks on a potential £30m switch to the London Stadium.

Described by Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol as potentially ‘one of the best deals of the summer’, it certainly seems to be a transfer story that Irons supporters can get excited about.

Midfield controller

There’s no doubt that with the acquisition of Javier Hernandez that the Hammers now have someone capable of sticking chances away and what they arguably need now is a midfielder that can really get their foot on the ball and dictate the tempo of a match.

That’s the kind of thing that Carvalho has offered for Sporting and Portugal in his career so far, playing top-flight football at the club since 2013 and winning 37 caps for his national team.

At 25 he’s coming into his prime and appears ready for the step up to one of Europe’s big leagues. Can he be the midfield maestro that Slaven Bilic is looking for to bring the Irons to the next level?