By 90Min
December 06, 2017

West Ham are expected to re-enter the transfer market in January to continue with their pursuit of Sporting CP midfielder William Carvalho. 

The Hammers announced over the summer that they had lodged an official bid with the Portugues side for Carvalho. However, the Leões claimed that West Ham's approach was illegal and they would look to report the Premier League side to Fifa.


Relationships between the two sides crumbled towards the end of the transfer window and a potential deal for Carvalho looked impossible.

However, West Ham have since released a statement to confirm that the issues between the two clubs were nothing more than a "misunderstanding".

"West Ham and Sporting Clube de Portugal acknowledge that a breakdown in communication based in contacts between representatives from both clubs in respect of a possible transfer of William Carvalho was the cause of a misunderstanding," the statement read, as reported by the Sun.

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"Subsequent to this, the clubs have had positive communications and the matter is now resolved.

"On this basis, friendly relations between the clubs will resume and there will be no barriers to both clubs negotiating or working together in the future."


Despite the two clubs being able to build bridges after their summer fallout, a deal to get Carvalho to the London Stadium could still prove difficult.

Back in September, Sporting CP's president, Bruno de Carvalho, said: "There were no bids, but at €25m I wouldn't even send West Ham [U15 midfielder] Umaro Baldé, let alone William."

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