Report: 11th hour Marseille interest in William Carvalho could derail Slaven Bilic's best laid plans again

Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United reacts as Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old...

West Ham United have been linked with a club record move for Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder William Carvalho.

The Hammers have completed what looks to be some very good business this summer already even if they are yet to gel on the pitch following the opening day thrashing at the hands of title hopefuls Manchester United.

Slaven Bilic has brought in experienced defender Pablo Zabaleta to solve his problem right back position, England goalkeeper Joe Hart, Marko Arnautovic, striker Javier Hernandez and young prospect Saed Haksabanovic.

But with a net spend of just £10 million so far, there is speculation the Hammers are far from done in the window.

Sporting CP midfielder William Carvalho from Portugal during the Friendly match between Sporting CP and AS Monaco at Estadio Jose Alvalade on July 22, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal.

And reports claim the East Londoners are close to sealing the record transfer of William Carvalho, as reported by the likes of The Mirror.

The 25-year-old - who was a key figure in helping Portugal win the European Championships last summer - has been denied a move to the Premier League before now as Sporting have always proved notoriously difficult to negotiate with.

But West Ham are said to be confident of closing out a deal.

However, the club could face late competition from ambitious Marseille, according to reports in France.

The Ligue 1 side have already derailed Bilic's best laid plans once when they unsettled star player Dimitri Payet who ultimately forced through a cut price return to the club back in January.

And according to Foot01, the French side have registered a late interest in Carvalho while West Ham haggle over the fee.

William Carvalho of Portugal is tackled by Vedran Corluka of Croatia during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Croatia and Portugal at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 25, 2016 in...

Foot01 says Portuguese media claim contact has been made between Marseille and Sporting concerning Carvalho.

The report states that it is the player's preference to move to the Premier League but that Sporting are proving to be 'very greedy' which could well open the door for Marseille.

After the 4-0 humbling at Old Trafford there is no doubt West Ham desperately need a player of Carvalho's calibre.

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