New report claims Liverpool have dashed West Ham hopes after striking a deal to sign David Moyes target Fabio Carvalho on a free transfer.
Talented young attacker Carvalho has been a revelation for Fulham in the Championship this season and as a result has attracted the attention of both West Ham and Liverpool.
The 19-year-old has scored seven goals and laid on four assists in 18 appearances and also has a brilliant average match rating of 7.28 (WhoScored).
Moyes has made it clear he wants to continue building West Ham around young, hungry talent.
And Carvalho ticks all the boxes of the West Ham manager’s recruitment policy.
Carvalho is out of contract at Fulham at the end of the season and West Ham were said to be in a battle with Liverpool to get the exciting youngster for a knockdown fee in the January window.
At one stage last month the Hammers looked like they might have the edge over Jurgen Klopp in the race for the Lisbon-born England youth international.
A recent report from The Sun claimed a boardroom beef between Fulham and Liverpool over Harvey Elliott meant Moyes may have a chance of beating the Reds to the young star.
The race for Carvalho looked to turn in Liverpool’s favour on deadline day when reports claimed he was edging closer to a move (This Is Anfield).
In the end Liverpool could not get the deal done before the 11pm deadline on Monday.
Report: Liverpool dash West Ham hopes by striking deal to sign David Moyes target Fabio Carvalho on free transfer
And West Ham fans hoped that might open the door for Moyes to try again in the summer – especially as the Hammers could almost certainly offer Carvalho more game time.
But Liverpool look set to dash West Ham hopes by striking deal to sign Moyes target Carvalho on a free transfer in the summer (Sky Sports).
“Liverpool remain confident of completing a pre-contract agreement to sign Fabio Carvalho from Fulham on a free transfer in the summer,” Sky Sports report.
“Jurgen Klopp’s side ran out of time as they attempted to sign the 19-year-old on Monday and loan him back to Fulham for the rest of the season.
“Carvalho will now see out the remaining six months of his contract at Craven Cottage, but discussions will continue as Liverpool attempt to agree compensation with the Championship side.
“If they do not, a fee will be decided by tribunal – similar to the situation which saw Harvey Elliot move from Craven Cottage to Anfield in 2019.”
It comes as Moyes admitted in an interview with West Ham’s official website that the club failed with several moves during January.