Report suggests Everton's William Carvalho dreams are over after failed hijack

Watford's Portuguese head coach Marco Silva reacts during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford Bridge in London on October 21, 2017.

Everton have been linked with Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho for two years but he's moving to La Liga with Real Betis.

William Carvalho of Portugal clears the ball while under pressure from Pablo Hernandez of Chile during the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Semi-Final between Portugal and Chile at...

Everton’s links with William Carvalho go back two years.

The Mirror stated in the summer of 2016, that Ronald Koeman was keen to bring a classy midfielder to Goodison Park and wanted Portugal’s European champion in a £30 million deal.

The Toffees have continued to be linked ever since and the appointment of Marco Silva as the new man in the dugout only added to the speculation. The 41-year-old managed Carvalho during his time in charge of Sporting Lisbon after all.

But it seems that Everton’s long-running hopes of bringing Carvalho to Merseyside are now over.

Record stated that Everton were keen to hijack Carvalho’s move to La Liga outfit Real Betis just three days ago. But the report added that they were under pressure to get rid of a few midfielders first, which did not leave them much room to manoeuvre.

And, as it transpires, a last-gasp, eleventh hour swoop proved beyond Everton.

Watford's Portuguese head coach Marco Silva reacts during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford Bridge in London on October 21, 2017.

Record is now claiming that the 26-year-old has said yes to a move to Real Betis and a deal could be completed on Thursday. Landing a fully-fledged Portuguese international is a massive coup for Betis, a club on the up after years of hardship and who will be playing Europa League football next season.

To make matters even more frustrating for Everton, Carvalho is unlikely to cost Betis anything after terminating his contract with Sporting.

William Carvalho of Sporting Lisbon competes for the ball with Michal Krmencik of Viktoria Plzen during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Sporting Lisbon and...

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