Things seem to only be getting more difficult for West Ham United to sign William Carvalho in a second attempt, let it be in the January window or next summer.

Several reports from Portugal have been saying that things are changing for the player in Lisbon, and there are a few reasons why he could be convinced to stay.

At the end of the last week, it was reported that William’s agent Pere Guardiola had been at Sporting and opened the talks for a contract renewal, which could obviously result in a bigger protection for the Lions not to lose him.

And this Tuesday, we covered a story saying that the player has become the club’s new captain and has been showing great attitude since the transfer to West Ham collapsed, as a clear sign that he’s focused on the present.

Despite still dreaming of a Premier League move in the future, that story didn’t say it’s only West Ham he wants to join, so a move to England would be enough.

Embed from Getty Images

Now this Thursday, newspaper A Bola comes up saying that there’s some heavy competition around, because despite not having bid for him in the summer, Monaco still have William on top of their list for the future.

It’s possible that manager Leonardo Jardim, who knows the player from his time at Sporting, makes a bid in the January window.

So after all that public war between Sporting and West Ham after the end of the market, there’s no doubt that president Bruno de Carvalho would rather sell William to anyone else but to the Hammers, at least if the figures are similar.

So the London side better have very good arguments in case they still want the midfielder.