West Ham United have secured a major signing, with Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals arriving last week – and another midfield addition is expected.
The Hammers are expected to offload Pedro Obiang, meaning that a more defensive-minded midfielder will be wanted to compete with Declan Rice and Mark Noble.
A number of players have been linked, and Estadio Deportivo in Spain now report that Real Betis midfielder William Carvalho is back on the West Ham radar.
It's suggested that Carvalho would be wanted as a replacement for Rice if he moves on amid interest from Manchester United, so nothing immediate will be happening.
Carvalho's name won't be strange to West Ham fans, as the Hammers targeted him in a 2017 move from Sporting, but couldn't get a deal done as a public spat ensued.
Then-manager Slaven Bilic told BBC that he wanted Carvalho, but it just wasn't meant to be, and after cancelling his Sporting contract last summer, he moved on to Betis on a free transfer.
The Portuguese powerhouse, 27, would be a superb defensive midfield addition for Manuel Pellegrini, and fans have been taking to Twitter to react.
Some believe that it would 'game over' for the Premier League if Carvalho signs, as it would give West Ham such a strong team, feeling that a rumour is more believable this time around.
Others aren't so convinced, feeling West Ham don't have the funds to strike a deal, but would sacrifice targeting Maxi Gomez to make a deal happen and pair him with Rice in midfield, rather than have him replace him.
We sign Carvalho and it’s game over for the premier league really— (@CallumWHU__) June 13, 2019
This is more believable this time— JD (@JordanHobbs21) June 13, 2019
Betis picked him up for 26m last year? Would be the ideal DM partner for Rice. Would presumably mean giving up on Gomez for a Rondon but no bad thing imo. Would be a much stronger side.— Riley Cullum (@aceofspies64) June 13, 2019
a year too late— jackie connell (@jackie_connell) June 13, 2019
Make it happen you mighty hammers...— Aktolgalı (@Imran75598389) June 13, 2019
It does say if Rice leaves so I can’t see that happening at the moment— Stephen Rickett (@stephen_rickett) June 13, 2019
Can we actually sign him.— Jåck (@WHUFCJack_) June 13, 2019
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Fell for it a few times believing he would come in the past (even when he was nearly free we failed to sign him!?) Can't see us finding the funds to bring a player of his quality in with such a low budget this window. https://t.co/Ws8bpfHat0— Djtiale (@DJTiale) June 13, 2019
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