Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has thrown a spanner in the works of West Ham’s transfer plans by urging Sporting Lisbon star William Carvalho to join him at the Bernabeu.
Carvalho came close to joining the Hammers during the summer, however a disagreement over a sensible fee and the ensuing fall-out between the two club’s owners ruined any chance of the Portugal international making his way to East London this year.
West Ham had been expected to go back in for the sought after midfielder as soon as January, however not if Cristiano Ronaldo has anything to do with.
Carvalho’s Portugal team-mate has reportedly urged Madrid president Floretino Perez to sign the 25-year-old midfielder, as he believes he would be the perfect player to slot into Los Blancos midfield, according to Spanish source Don Balon.
Real Madrid have struggled to find a solid defensive midfielder over the past seasons since the departures of Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira, and Ronaldo believes Carvalho could be the man to fill that void.
Carvalho, who has also been linked Arsenal and West Brom in recent transfer windows, is valued at around €40 million by Sporting Lisbon.