Hull City failed in ambitious deadline day bid to sign top Arsenal target

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Hull City had an audacious move to sign Arsenal and Manchester United target William Carvalho rejected on deadline, reports in Portugal suggest.

After losing to Arsenal in the FA Cup final, Hull City were handed a place in the Europa League qualifying round, and have spent heavily as a result - despite losing to Belgian side Lokeren, meaning the Tigers miss out on the group stage.

Nevertheless, manager Steve Bruce has paid big money to bring in Michael Dawson, Harry Maguire, Andrew Robertson, Mohamed Diame, Jake Livermore, Tom Ince, Robert Snodgrass, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gaston Ramirez and Abel Hernandez. Owner Assem Allam has backed Bruce heavily this summer, though the sale of striker Shane Long to Southampton for £12m was a huge boost to their finances.

Whilst a £3.5m deal to snap up West Ham star Diame was completed on deadline day, it seems that the Senegal international was actually second choice for Bruce - but it's little surprise to see that their efforts to sign their first choice failed.

According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Hull made an incredibly ambitious attempt to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho. The 22-year-old starred for Sporting last season and impressed for Portugal this summer, and subsequently attracted strong interest from the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United over the course of the summer.

With a price tag of around £25m on Carvalho's head, it's a shock to read that Hull had tried to lure Carvalho to England. Arsenal were also believed to have had a deadline day move for Carvalho blocked, but it seems that Hull's spending power is growing and growing - to the point where they can rival bigger clubs for big signings.

However, if Carvalho continues to impress in Portugal, it seems more likely that Arsenal, Chelsea or United would increase their interest in the Angolan-born defensive midfielder rather than him moving to the KC Stadium.

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