Carvalho has long been linked with West Ham, but now appears to be nearing a move to Betis.
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.
“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.
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.
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.”
Real Betis reported offer for William Carvalho is €15m plus €5m in bonuses – surely if West Ham want him we could match that.— BKHammer (@BKhammer1) July 5, 2018
We need this monster in our team!— KenBW (@Kenbw1960) July 5, 2018
Surely he will want to play at a Champions League club? Great player, I’d still love him to come to us.— George Nicolas (@GeorgeNicolas_1) July 5, 2018
Yep but Carvalho still hasn’t gone to Betis yet so there is hope— ⚜️ (@Lanzxini) July 5, 2018
@WestHamUtd Get a grip!!— Sebastian Paulos (@PaulosSebastian) July 4, 2018
— Steve (@Steve_WHU_) July 5, 2018
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