Portugal international William Carvalho is reportedly close to agreeing a five-year deal with West Ham United.

West Ham chairman David Gold promised to bring in players with Premier League experience and he has delivered in style.

Two-time title winners Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart joined from Manchester City on a free transfer and a season-long loan respectively while club-record signing Marko Arnautovic has impressed for Stoke City in the last few seasons.

Meanwhile, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez (below), who joined on a bargain deal from Bayer Leverkusen, arrives aiming to build on a superb scoring rate during a goal-laden spell at Manchester United.

However, a deal to sign a player without a single second of Premier League experience under his belt could yet be West Ham’s most eye-catching summer addition.

The Telegraph reported on Thursday that West Ham had launched a club-record £27.1 million bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, who has been relentlessly tipped to move to England in recent months.

The report adds that Sporting want around £10 million more for their prized asset, who helped Portugal stun France in the Euro 2016 final last year, but are aware that Carvalho is determined to move to England to progress his career.

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The Telegraph claims that talks had taken place throughout last week and West Ham are optimistic that a deal can be done for a player who has been linked with Arsenal, Man City, Everton and West Brom this summer alone.

And, according to O Jogo, Carvalho was omitted from Sporting’s opening day victory against Vitoria Setubal on Friday as he is waiting to get the green light to sign a five-year contract at West Ham.

Sporting want Carvalho to wait until the Champions League qualifier with Steaua Bucharest in midweek but it appears West Ham are set to shatter their transfer record for the second time this summer.

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