Carvahlo CL game absence good news for Irons


CarvalhoWilliam Carvhlo is a significant absentee from the Sporting Lisbon team which takes on Steau Bucharest in the second leg of the Champions league clash in Romania this evening at 7.45 pm.

It’s one of the Portuguese club’s most important games in years but with transfer negotiations going on with West Ham, the defensive midfielder’s absence is a big clue that he is now on his way to the London Stadium.

With many believing the long and drawn out negotiations indicated that we were likely to fail in our bid to get the player, this comes as good news.

Clubs rarely risk players in games in case of injury ahead of likely moves and with talks recommencing between the clubs in Portugal tomorrow (Turs) the signs look positive.

The two clubs have been reported as being 5 million euros apart on terms but ClaretandHugh was told that there is still confidence a deal can be done.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    COYI,S. Get him on board 😉

  • JRS says:

    It is especially if the Chelsea interest is just rubbish.
    We have a bid in he want the move. Lunch w mates making the Iron cross.
    Feeling good about this one

  • JRS says:

    Just hope 1 in doesn’t mean 1 out with a lot of reports saying Barca keen on Lanzini. And Barca is Cat nip to Aout Americans.Lanzini was keen on Liverpool and we didn’t want Coutinho to go hoping that 4th bid come in for him now. Bc saying no to Liverpool is easier then Barca.
    And PSG haves refused to sell them Di Maria or Draxler bc Neyamr suit and tension.
    Hope it is all speculation

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    The best news was battaglia the replacement played well and scored, I think the Chelsea rumour is smoke and mirrors they have bakayoko and kante they don’t need more DM’s hopefully we can sign him before the weekend COYI !!!

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