Earlier today, Sporting CP released a statement saying their relationship with West Ham United is back to normal.

Things between the clubs became quite tense after the end of the transfer window, when they failed to reach an agreement for the transfer of William Carvalho.

Sporting’s statement doesn’t make it clear if they have resumed talks for the midfielder or not, even though this seems to be the most likely possibility now.

But when reporting it, Record makes sure to say that it still won’t be easy for West Ham to land the player at the next attempt.

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The outlet states Sporting want William to sign a new contract, which would commit him to the club and raise his release clause.

They take rumours from the English press to say that West Ham’s new approach is a possibility. But the word in Portugal is really just about a contract renewal, and it seems the Hammers would have to pay more than the price asked by Sporting in the summer.

There still seems more to all of this. Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho just isn’t the kind of guy to kiss and make up for any small reason, it often seems he’d rather drag himself and his enemy to the depths of hell than call a truce.

Maybe West Ham and Sporting have come to some kind of agreement over something which the Portuguese club chief believes will see him come out as the winner.