Football transfer rumours: West Ham to win race for William Carvalho?

Today’s tell-all is feeling the burn …

While the potential next moves of Alexis Sánchez (still at Arsenal), Kylian Mbappé (still at Monaco) and Philippe Coutinho (still at Liverpool) continue to hog the headlines, West Ham probably deserve a column inch or two if news of their interest in William Carvalho is to be believed. The Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder has a £39.5m release clause in his contract and is rumoured to be keen on a move to the Premier League, but the Hammers will test the waters with an opening bid of £25m. Previously linked with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United and – more recently – Arsenal, West Brom and Newcastle, the burly Euro 2016 winner has no shortage of suitors and is contracted to Sporting until 2020.

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