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West Ham make club record £27.1million bid for Portugal star

Hammers officials in Lisbon trying to thrash out big-money deal with Euro 2016 winner keen to make the move to the London Stadium

WEST HAM have made a £27.1million bid to sign Sporting Lisbon’s midfield star William Carvalho.

The Hammers are prepared to smash their club record for a second time this summer to capture the highly-rated Portugal midfielder.

West Ham have bid £27.1million for Sporting Lisbon star William Carvalho

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West Ham have bid £27.1million for Sporting Lisbon star William Carvalho

William Carvalho in action for Portugal against Chile during the Confederations Cup

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William Carvalho in action for Portugal against Chile during the Confederations Cup

Club officials are currently in Lisbon attempting to thrash out a deal for the Euro 2016 winner – who has long been a target for sides in the Premier League.


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Sporting are trying to hold out for as much as £36m before sanctioning the move, but the Hammers are hopeful of winning the battle over fees with Carvalho keen to move to England.

The 25-year-old has remained loyal to his club in recent years despite interest from a number of top flight sides including Manchester United and Everton.

But now it appears he finally wants to secure the move to the Premier League and West Ham believe he is keen to join them at the London Stadium.

The Hammers are not prepared to meet the full Sporting asking price but the club are quietly confident they will reach an agreement before the end of the week.

If they manage to clinch his signing it would round off an impressive summer of transfer activity by the East London club.

Sporting are trying to hold out for a bigger fee but Carvalho is understood to be keen to move to the London Stadium

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Sporting are trying to hold out for a bigger fee but Carvalho is understood to be keen to move to the London Stadium
Stoke fans furious at Mark Arnautovic joining West Ham try to burn his shirt in disgust - but can't light it properly

Manager Slaven Bilic has clinched the signings of Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta from Manchester City, along with former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

Marko Arnautovic's £24.5m capture from Stoke is the current club record fee paid out, and earlier this week the Hammers also beat a number of sides to promising youngster Sead Haksabanovic.

Marko Arnautovic is currently West Ham's record signing after joining from Stoke

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Marko Arnautovic is currently West Ham's record signing after joining from Stoke

Club bosses are confident their signings this summer will work out much better than the business they conducted 12 months ago.

Gokhan Tore, Jonathan Calleri, Simone Zaza and Havard Nordtveit have all been moved on less than a year after they arrived.

And West Ham are still hoping to offload two more of their last season recruits, with Sofiane Feghouli close to a £4.5m switch to Galatasaray and Robert Snodgrass targeted by Aston Villa.

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