Hammers had a £36m bid rejected and have been told to stump up an extra £4m to land Portugal midfielder
SunSport revealed how the Hammers had hoped an offer of £36m would be enough to capture the highly-rated Portugal midfielder but the deal has hit the buffers over a price hike.
Sporting Lisbon are holding out for £40m for their star William Carvalho
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has been hoping to bring him to the London Stadium on a club-record deal
But a club-record bid for Carvalho has stalled over his £40 million price tag.
And a report in Portuguese paper Record claims Carvalho has now downed tools over his price tag
Boss Slaven Bilic was optimistic of getting his man in time to make an immediate debut at Southampton on Saturday but is now looks doomed.
A club insider told SunSport: “It’s only 50/50 now. They are holding out.”
Bilic wants Carvalho to prop up his midfield particularly after seeing his team overwhelmed in a 4-0 defeat at Manchester United on Sunday.
West Ham will go back to the negotiating table and have not yet given up on landing their man.
There were also positive notes from a solid performance by rookie Declan Rice in the West Ham midfield on Sunday.
However they are desperate to bolster their squad to avoid another awful start to the season.
The 25-year-old has made over 150 appearances for Sporting Lisbon since his debut back in 2011
The Portuguese midfielder was part of the side that triumphed in Euro 2016
Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira has emerged as a key target should they fail in their attempts to bring Carvalho to the London Stadium.
Like the 25-year-old, Pereira was also part of the Portuguese side that won Euro 2016, however he didn’t start in the final against France.
West Ham need to add to their side after they sold Sofiane Feghouli to Turkish giants Galatasaray for a mere £3.9million.
The East Londoners face Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday.
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