Some West Ham fans react as William Carvalho nears Real Betis move

Nahitan Nandez of Uruguay tackles William of Portugal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Uruguay and Portugal at Fisht Stadium on June 30, 2018 in Sochi,...

Carvalho has long been linked with West Ham, but now appears to be nearing a move to Betis.

Portugal's midfielder William Carvalho (14) heads the ball next to Uruguay's defender Jose Gimenez during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Uruguay and Portugal...

La Liga side Real Betis are closing in on a move to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho according to the Spanish club's vice-president, despite being linked to West Ham United - and Hammers fans have reacted on Twitter.

Portuguese outlet Record quoted Betis' second-in-command Lorenzo Serra Ferrer as saying that talks are continuing with Carvalho ahead of a move that would see West Ham miss out on a long-term target that stretches back to last summer.

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"Yes, we are negotiating William Carvalho, it is difficult because he is a good player, but we are looking forward to hiring him, he is a footballer who brings quality to any team as it is very good," Ferrer said.

Astana's Belarussian midfielder Ivan Maevski (L) and Astana's midfielder Abzal Beysebekov (R) tackle Sporting's midfielder William Carvalho during the Europa League Round of 32 first leg...

Record had claimed earlier this week that Carvalho, 26, was nearing a £17.6million move to Betis, with the Spanish side agreeing to pay the cut-price figure despite the midfielder looking to terminate his contract at Sporting.

The Sun reported that West Ham were interested in the Portugal international, who had a somewhat uninspiring 2018 World Cup with his country as Portugal were knocked out of the competition by Uruguay in the Round of 16.

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.

With the fee of £17.6million becoming known in the public domain, West Ham fans reacted to the news that Carvalho was closing in on a move to Spain and Real Betis.

Some fans have questioned why the club is not looking to match Betis' offer for the holding midfielder: "Surely if West Ham want him we could match that."

 

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