“Greedy” Sporting Lisbon snub Irons offer but talks go on


CarvalhoSporting Lisbon are getting “greedier and greedier” with the Irons over the possible switch of William Carvahlo to the London Stadium.

But after reports this morning from Sky Sports that the Portuguese club refused to budge from the 40 million euros buy out figure a Hammers source claimed the two sides were still talking.

Earlier reports that the player would be in London this week have been proved conclusively false as CandH reported at the time and the latest word is talks may go right down to deadline day.

We were told by a top Hammers insider a few minutes ago: “Sporting Lisbon are getting greedier and greedier but the talks are continuing and at the moment the transfer of William Carvahlo is at 50/50.”

The Portugal international is believed to have agreed a five year deal with the Irons on wages of approaching £60k a week -a £24k rise on his current deal.

But the Hammers – having had an offer of 32 million euros plus add ons offer rejected – continue to try finding a way forward despite claiming that was their final offer.

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  • CondorHammer says:

    Unless SL have suddenly upped the players valuation, I don’t see how they’re being greedy in not accepting a lower offer, especially as they don’t appear to have to sell.

    • Paul says:

      When you have a player wanting to join us and wage terms have been established you then 90% of the time buy the player for 90% of the asking price. What Sporting have done is said” Release his buy out clause”
      Remember when we put a 60 million buy out clause( or maybe they were contemplating it ) on Payet. But because he wanted to leave and refused to play he went for peanuts on todays market. Sporting are not playing the game and as long as our owners are willing to spend between 35 and 40 Million on a player that now opens up other avenues for players that we never had before in the 2 weeks left in the window

      • Paul says:

        They are also demanding 38 Million up front which is not the way to do transfer business. You get installments with a fixed interest rate usually

        • CondorHammer says:

          It may not be the norm Paul, but as they haven’t (to my knowledge) increased their valuation of the player then I fail to see the implied greed.

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      Agree Condor, this guy is widely accepted as World Class in his position, he is just the going rate these days, next season it will seem cheap. Make a statement and buy someone from one of the bigger clubs in Europe with a much more illustrious history than us or many clubs in our league.

      • CondorHammer says:

        It does make me wonder 32 whether Sully’s bitten off more than he can chew with this one – maybe thinking he can strike a deal, but now realising he’s going to have to go all-in to appease the fans (it appears this is regarded as a superb signing across a few sites).
        On the other hand, my pills might be wearing off😊

  • noaksey1 says:

    Seems to me there is no way forward unless the Irons pay £40m.Its irrelevant what the player wants or whether he has agreed personal terms.Soryy Hammers but if you want him you gotta pay,or don’t waste any more time on it.

  • Hammer64 says:

    Greedier & greedier eh? Nasty Portuguese. Tut tut …

  • HammerForLife says:

    “Earlier reports that the player would be in London this week have been proved conclusively false as CandH reported at the time”.

    Err I don’t think you did actually, I sure as heck can’t find you saying it anyway…

    If Sporting’s position has always been “The price is E40m” I don’t see how they’re now being greedy.

  • GW says:

    Tell them to f**k off and deal with a moody player for a year 😆😆 Hopefully they get spanked in the CL qualifiers as well and end up crapping themselves because they ain’t got enough money coming in 😆😆

  • bubs says:

    Never changed their price once
    Maybe if they throw in a box of tiles and a bag of sardines which is the only other stuff that comes from Portugal
    The Dell boys will say lovely jubbly the the yellow 3 wheeeler can drive to Manchester and grab a real bargain or 2
    Before Swansea run off laughing

  • Gareth Hammer says:

    Sporting have had their fingers burnt with a buy out at £40 million.I bet if they could do it all over again the buy out would have been much higher.
    None of us no what Sporting have said,whether they were willing too deal at a lower amount but have moved the goalposts during negotitaions.There are always two or three agents about with fingers in the pie as well.
    I dont understand why some of you think it is as easy as going to get a packet of bangers from aint.

  • JRS says:

    Is buy out clause was 39m. And they have said from start want him to play in CL qualification game this weekend. He missed League game. And Pereira has a 60m release clause but is 2nd choice for Portugal national team and considerably less experience.
    We have supposedly bid btwn £29.1-£33m and if we meet the feast with Add ons performance based think a deal can happen and needs to. Fejsa at 29 Benfica will want at least £30m too with £25m mkt Valuation. So think once he plays this CL game we can. Finalise it. After Feggo sale we have only spent around £6m net.
    Think he would be the best out of 3 and £50m is going rate. He wants the move supposedly and Lisbon are making up other moves to rise price.
    We will pay but it is right at release clause over 2 years and if £31m and rest performance based add ons think it would be best move and much needed.
    He could actually be our best CB too and RB but don’t play him there Slav…

  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    Greedy ? Naaa he’s undervalued , pay the money if you want to make a statement , he’s exactly what this side needs! We’ve got the money , pay it! By hanging about after the that’s it ultimatum is nuts , I don’t think they will budge now , ! Walk away or pay the money , they don’t give a toss ! If he doesn’t come they will renag his contract and up the buy out clause as well , class player imo👍

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