West Ham remain in negotiations over the possible transfer of Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, but will attempt to accelerate talks after being made aware of possible rival interest for the player’s signature.
Sky Sports News claim the Hammers may face competition for their top target despite remaining the frontrunners in the pursuit of the Portugal international.
Carvalho is understood to favour a move to the Premier League and has a £40m release clause in his contract, which West Ham have been reluctant to pay, but Sporting have made it clear they must meet the valuation of the player after a breakdown in talks.
The Hammers’ opening offer for the player was snubbed and Slaven Bilic had explored the option of turning his attentions to either Danilo Pereira of Porto or Ljubomir Fejsa of Benfica as alternatives.
Carvalho was left out of the matchday squad for the 0-0 Champions League play-off first-leg draw against Steaua Bucharest last week amid the rumours over a move and Sporting have recently signed midfielder Rodrigo Battaglia as a potential replacement for Carvalho.
Bilic has been backed by the Hammers’ board this summer having already made five major signings during the transfer window, with Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart, Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez and Sead Haksabanovic all arriving at the London Stadium.