CRISTIANO RONALDO has thrown a spanner in the works for West Ham by telling Real Madrid to sign William Carvalho.
The Hammers got caught up in a war of words with the Sporting Lisbon top brass over the Portuguese international about his value and if an actual bid was made in the summer.
But now, Ronaldo has urged Los Blancos president Florentino Perez to step in and take the 25-year-old to the Bernabeu, according to Don Balon.
Carvalho is keen to play in one of Europe’s top leagues, with England his preferred destination.
The midfielder had agreed to join Manchester United under David Moyes, but the Scot was sacked before Carvalho was due to arrive in the summer.
Louis Van Gaal who repalced Moyes at Old Trafford decided against giving the deal the green light.
He has also attracted the interest of Arsenal and West Brom in recent transfer windows and any news of interest from the La Liga giants will spell danger for any other potential suitors.
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Despite the insults hurled at them from Lisbon, the Irons were set to try again for the holding midfielder in January.
Hammers boss Slaven Bilic will desperate for reinforcements in January as they struggle in the Premier League.
Real are looking to bolster their ranks in January after poor start to the domestic campaign.
The European champions lag seven points behind Barcelona in La Liga after just seven games.