West Ham move for Carvalho would rock Tottenham's Lo Celso pursuit

Portugal's midfielder William kicks the ball during the 2017 Confederations Cup semi-final football match between Portugal and Chile at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 28, 2017.

West Ham and Tottenham are both chasing Real Betis stars.

Portugal's midfielder William Carvalho attends a training session ahead of the Russia 2017 Confederation Cup football tournament in Kazan on on June 16, 2017.

West Ham's reported interest in William Carvalho could have dire consequences for Tottenham's ongoing pursuit of Giovani Lo Celso.

Estadio Deportivo report the Hammers are keen on a swoop for the Real Betis midfielder, who they have admired since his move at Sporting.

This would throw a big spanner in the works for Tottenham, who are trying to sign his Betis teammate Lo Celso.

 

BBC Sport report Tottenham had a £53 million bid rejected for the attacker.

Betis are holding out for the £88 million release clause in Lo Celso's contract, which could just be a negotiating strategy to force Spurs to up their bid.

Giovani Lo Celso of Real Betis Balompie looks on during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg match between Real Betis v Stade Rennais at Estadio Benito Villamarin on February 21,...

The £88 million is more than twice Tottenham's £42 million record spend.

Given that Betis have already resisted selling Lo Celso, deciding to sell Carvalho to West Ham would make Tottenham's chances even more difficult.

Losing both players would leave Betis with a gigantic hole to fill in midfield, albeit with plenty of cash, but it wouldn't be ideal.

Certainly it seems if West Ham succeed signing Carvalho, Tottenham's only chance to sign Lo Celso would be to pay his release clause, and that's surely too rich for Daniel Levy.

Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur, Daniel Levy looks on from the stands during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on December 23, 2018 in...

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