Since William Carvalho’s transfer to West Ham United collapsed, there’s been a couple of rumours here and there saying the Premier League side have still not given up on signing the midfielder.

The Portuguese press has been claiming that his price shouldn’t change much, with reports saying that €35m could be enough to take him in January, since Sporting need to make money.

But it turns out that West Ham could be finding some obstacles before then, because as reported by A Bola, the talks for a new contract at the Portuguese side have just started.

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The newspaper reports that William’s agent Pere Guardiola has been in Lisbon this week, and among other subjects, the player’s renewal was put on the table for the first time.

There’s still no final answer from William’s side, but the newspaper takes the talks as an obvious sign that the new deal would be ‘well seen’ by the midfielder.

The details of a new contract are still to be revealed, but since William only has a €45m release clause, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it changed to bigger figures, since €60m clauses are pretty common in Portugal.

So if West Ham are still up for the transfer, and Sporting really have to sell Carvalho before the end of January, the Hammers better line up a deal soon.

Otherwise it’s starting sounding like he will be a lot more expensive.