West Ham supporters have been very quiet in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side throw away a two-goal to end up drawing 2-2 with the Premier League’s bottom club Crystal Palace last weekend.
Slaven Bilic’s men went into their meeting with the Eagles having beaten Tottenham 3-2 in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup a few days previous, and they looked set to record back-to-back victories as Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew gave them a two-goal cushion at half time. However, they were unable to see the game out as goals from Luke Milivojevic and Wilfried Zaha secured a 2-2 draw for Roy Hodgson’s side, although the point wasn’t enough to move them off the foot of the Premier League table.
Thus, several of our resident Hammers supporters have been despondent in the Tavern this week, although they may be encouraged by a recent report from Portuguese newspaper Record (via talkSPORT), which suggests that William Carvalho, a reported West Ham target, wants to leave Sporting Lisbon in January.
The 25-year-old came up through the ranks at the Portuguese giants and has since gone on to play 165 games for the club, in which time he helped them win the Taca de Portugal back in 2015.
Yet the Portugal international, part of the side that won the European Championships last year, was linked with a move to West Ham over the summer but no deal materialised, for one reason or another – however there may be more developments to follow if recent reports are anything to go by.
And that’s because they report that Carvalho is seeking a move away from Sporting in the January transfer window, and given that the Hammers fought hard to get their man during the summer, they may well be interested in reigniting their interest come the New Year.
Landlord’s verdict: William Carvalho’s proposed move to West Ham from Sporting Lisbon became one of the sagas of the most recent summer transfer window, and things have got a big ugly since then between the two clubs as to why the deal fell apart.
Thus, relations between the two teams are unlikely to be great, but reports suggest that Carvalho does indeed want to leave the Portuguese giants in January, which may well interest Hammers chief Slaven Bilic.
The East London outfit are somewhat light in midfield and could do with a combative and industrious midfielder like Carvalho in the middle of the park, and given his apparent desire to leave, they could well reignite their interest.
However, much will depend on the relationship between the two clubs at boardroom level as to whether this deal advances in the New Year.
West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!