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Could Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho help bolster West Ham’s squad?

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If reports in the Daily Mail are anything to go by, then Premier League side West Ham are preparing to launch a £25million bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.

The 25-year-old has been a target for a number of Premier League clubs already this summer, with reports from Portuguese outlet Record claiming that rivals Arsenal have also shown interest in him.

And, despite having a reported release clause of £39.5 million that Sporting Lisbon are likely to remain firm on, the Hammers believe they could negotiate a move for the Portuguese international.

What could Carvalho bring to the London Stadium?

Perhaps more than anything, Carvalho is such a calming presence in that defensive midfielder position on the pitch and he could really bring a much-needed element of composure to West Ham.

The likes of Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate, generally the chosen midfield duo by boss Slaven Bilic for the majority of last season, have struggled to impose themselves in a deep midfield role and have often provided inadequate defensive cover as West Ham conceded 64 goals last time out.

This tally was worse than the likes of relegated Middlesbrough, Burnley and Crystal Palace – all sides that came below the Hammers – and if they want to push for a top-half finish they need to stop leaking goals.

This is where Carvalho could arrive and thrive in the Premier League, with his physical presence – standing at six-feet and three-inches – making him an intimidating and tall figure to come up against.

Whereas Noble struggles with his recovery play when caught out of position, being left behind and often resorting to cynical fouls, the Portuguese midfielder possesses an excellent natural ability to be in the right place at the right time and anticipate the danger before it almost becomes too late.

He is not the quickest but he makes up for it with good tactical play and an intelligent footballing brain with the ability to read the game, and his ability to distribute the ball would be a very useful asset.

At 25 years of age, there is still plenty of time for Carvalho to develop into the world-class player that he’s always been touted for, and there’s little doubt that he could help the Hammers press forward this year.

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With their attacking options thoroughly strengthened this summer with the arrivals of Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic, Bilic would be wise to now consolidate his defensive options. The Hammers were cut open way too easily last season and, if they can get Carvalho for £25 million then it would continue their very smart summer business, but Sporting are unlikely to want to sell.

Will is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, specialising in the art of sports. Long-time suffering Northampton Town fan who once saw us win a league title. Find him on Twitter - @96PearsonW.

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Vincent Janssen’s mysterious Tottenham absence seems to suggest summer exit likely

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Pre-season sprung into action for Tottenham on Wednesday as the Lilywhites played their first fixture of the preparatory campaign behind closed doors, resulting in a 6-0 thrashing of League One side Southend United, without Vincent Janssen.

Erik Lamela scored a hat-trick with Fernando Llorente Lucas Moura and youngster Tashan Oakley-Boothe also on the scoresheet, but one man was mysteriously absent from the fixture – Vincent Janssen.

Whilst Victor Wanyama, Serge Aurier, Ben Davies, Moussa Sissoko, Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga and Juan Foyth were all involved, Janssen was not to be seen despite having returned from a season long loan at Fenerbahce.

“I will soon report back to Tottenham and we will see what happens. I want to play, that’s important. Last season I was injured at Fenerbahçe for a long time. We are going to find the best solution. I just want to play football now, whether it’s at Tottenham, Fenerbahçe or somewhere else. I have my ideas about that, hopefully there will be more clarity soon.”

Janssen discussed his future with NOS earlier this summer.

The Dutch international scored only five goals in 18 games for the Turkish side on loan but did miss much of the season with a fracture to his ankle which was a major blow to his hopes to prove a point to Mauricio Pochettino.

Having struggled to adapt to life in London and the Premier League and without having done enough to justify a role in pre-season, his future looks more in doubt than ever.

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Turkish outlet Fotomac claim that Fenerbahce are interested in taking him back for the 2018/19 campaign, but his future could be dependent on other deals. Given that Fernando Llorente started against Southend with Janssen nowhere to be seen, it could be the starkest indication yet of who will play the role of back-up to Harry Kane next season.

Estadio Deportivo have also reported on interest from Sevilla in the 23-year-old, so with no clear role for Janssen to play at White Hart Lane and plenty of suitors, it seems that an exit is inevitable.

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Losing Marko Arnautovic would undo promise of exciting West Ham transfer window

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As tension and frustration simmered at the London Stadium for much of 2017/18, the West Ham board finally seem to be making progress in their relationship with fans thanks to a promising transfer window. However, losing Marko Arnautovic could mean that their hard work is quickly forgotten.

TalkSPORT report that Manchester United and Roma are monitoring the Austrian, who was the club’s stand-out performer last campaign as he lead the line with pace and power in attack where others, including the likes of Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll, struggled for consistency and fitness.

Manuel Pellegrini has already made it clear that he wants Arnautovic to play a key role in his squad, having talked him up throughout the pre-season campaign, with Arnautovic already having proven to be a matchwinner in a friendly against League One side Wycombe Wanderers.

“I can’t say I’ve been impressed by Arnautovic, because I know him. For the three years I was at Manchester City I played a lot of times against him and he was always a good player who could do different things. Maybe last season was his best season in England, especially in the second half of the season. He demonstrated how important he can be. He’s always running, he supports the ball and he scores. If he can repeat the second half that he had last season, he will be a top player.”

Manuel Pellegrini was full of praise for the forward after he scored the winner in a pre-season friendly against Wycombe Wanderers.

Deals for the likes of Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson and Jack Wilshere have got fans excited in east London, but none of them offer the goal threat that Arnautovic has provided since joining the club a year ago and the investment by the board would be undermined if it is all funded by the sale of a key man.

It would be a humiliating blow for Pellegrini too, to lose such a fundamental option in his squad so early on in his tenure and one which could lead to some tense talks between him and the club’s owners having made the move back to the Premier League.

(Manuel Pellegrini during the pre-season friendly match between Wycombe Wanderers and West Ham United at Adams Park on July 14, 2018 in High Wycombe, England.

The 29-year-old may well attract attention from elsewhere and, as he made clear last summer, will not hesitate to force a move if he thinks it is in his interest, but the Hammers must ensure that he does not depart this summer.

Having strengthened in goal, in defence, in midfield and out wide, losing their best forward would be a bitter pill to swallow and would take West Ham right back to square one after a summer of promise.

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Three reasons why Everton’s £30 million acquisition of Malcom is superb business

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It has been a quiet transfer window for Everton after last summer’s catastrophic business cost them dearly, but now a first deal could be completed with Malcom close to making a £30 million move from Bordeaux, according to reports.

Sky Sports say that an £80,000 per week contract is on the table with an agreement close to bring the exciting winger to Merseyside in what would be a real statement signing.

Here are three reasons why it is a deal to be admired…

The deal is a coup

Metro have previously claimed that Manchester United and Arsenal were among the other interested parties in the services of the young Brazilian, so it is quite an impressive feat that Everton may be set to complete a deal after such a disappointing campaign left them off the pace in mid-table.

At such a significant fee after last summer’s frustration with expensive acquisitions, Marco Silva would be showing that he is not afraid to take a gamble on the right-winger and will hope to see that faith repaid in 2018/19.

He brings much needed goals and creativity

Everton’s attack has dried up and struggled to replace the goals that Romelu Lukaku brought to the side, with Cenk Tosun not quite as high a quality replacement and Theo Walcott the only option with much pace to have been brought in to bolster the squad.

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Involved in 17 goals last season, Malcom certainly knows how to create and convert chances whether that is at the back post only yards out or with an effort from distance. His variety of attacking play and smart finishing will provide an option which will pose a greater danger than anyone currently in the Toffees’ ranks.

“You just need to see him every day. He is still just as joyous and galvanising for the squad as ever. He has even been acting as a translator for his new Brazilian team-mates. He is not at all affected by everything that is being said. Even if he is still young, he is also very mature.”

Ex-Bordeaux manager Jocelyn Gourvennec on his forward.

He’s only going to get better

At 21-years-old, Malcom’s career has been one of continual progress where no challenge has halted him from reaching the top, even when making a difficult move from Brazil to Europe and the switch to the Premier League is just the next step.

There can be no doubting that he is a raw talent with plenty more to come, but Marco Silva will look to get that out of him and turn him into one of the most exciting wide men in England to either lead Everton for years to come or sell on for a substantial profit.

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