West Ham fans were in good voice in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend after seeing their side get back to winning ways.
Slaven Bilic’s men fell into the Premier League’s bottom three a week ago after losing 3-2 at home to London rivals Tottenham, but the Hammers edged past Swansea City 1-0 on Saturday to climb to 15th in the table, two points clear of the relegation zone.
Diafra Sakho bagged the winner in the 90th minute to delight our resident West Ham supporters, yet they are unlikely to be too thrilled by a recent report from Portuguese newspaper Record (via Football.London), which outlines some intriguing information regarding summer target William Carvalho.
The 25-year-old currently plays his trade at Sporting Lisbon and has done throughout his career, making 162 appearances for the Portuguese heavyweights, and netting ten goals in the process.
And the Portugal international was a reported target of the Hammers during the summer although no deal materialised, from which much has been said in the aftermath, and reports suggest that a deal in January is also unlikely given that Carvalho has reportedly committed himself to the club.
And this is sure to come as a blow to Bilic and the West Ham hierarchy, as the midfielder would have certainly strengthened their options in the middle of the park, an area which is arguably lacking in sufficient depth at present.
However, it seems as though the East London outfit will have to turn their attentions to other targets when the window reopens in January.
Landlord’s verdict: It was a transfer saga that hit the headlines late on in the summer window, but William Carvalho’s proposed move to West Ham failed to materialise, for one reason or another.
And although reports since then have suggested that a move could still take place in January, it doesn’t appear likely now what with the 25-year-old reportedly committing to Sporting Lisbon in the hope of sealing a place in Portugal’s 2018 World Cup squad.
And this is sure to frustrate West Ham manager Slaven Bilic, especially as the Hammers are somewhat lightweight in the central midfield department, notably the sort of industrious players that would complement the club’s vast array of attacking talent.
Although there is no suggestion that a deal cannot be done at some stage in the future, the new Sporting captain looks set for at least another season with the Portuguese giants.
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