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.

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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.

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.”

 

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