could on the verge of completing their sixth signing of an impressive summer after the club launched a sensational £27.1 bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder .

Carvalho, a European Champion with , would become the club’s record signing should he make the switch to .

Representatives of both West Ham and the player are reportedly in Lisbon in an attempt to complete the shock move, with the Portuguese club now likely to agree a fee less than that of their £36.1 million valuation of the player due to his desire to leave the club for .

With the midfielder only recently finding himself a new agent too – Pere Guardiola, brother of Manchester City boss Pep – The are confident a deal can be secured for the sought after 25-year-old.

Should it happen, it would certainly be yet another big move for the Hammers, and here are three reasons why …