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West Ham target Fabio Carvalho will reportedly sign new deal with Fulham but is it just smoke and mirrors?
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West Ham target Fabio Carvalho will reportedly sign new deal with Fulham but is it just smoke and mirrors?

West Ham target Fabio Carvalho is set to sign a new contract with Championship outfit Fulham according to a report from TEAMtalk.

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It is alleged that the 19-year-old is set to put pen to paper on a new deal at Craven Cottage.

Hammers boss David Moyes wanted to bring Carvalho to the London Stadium in the summer according to a report from the Daily Mail.

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That obviously failed to materialise, however.

And now it looks like Carvalho could bet set to stay at Fulham. Or perhaps the west London outfit are merely protecting his value. He is set to be out of contract with the Cottagers next summer after all.

West Ham target Carvalho to pen new deal?

The 19-year-old midfield play-maker was in fine form for Fulham last season.

The teenager has made seven senior appearances for the west London outfit, scoring one goal in the process (Transfermarkt).

Carvalho has real talent and has racked up 33 goals and 19 assists in 82 games for Fulham’s youth teams (Transfermarkt).

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It seems as though he really impressed the powers that be at Craven Cottage, with a new deal in the offing according to a report from TEAMtalk.

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We think that this is a mere power play from Fulham.

Carvalho is clearly a huge talent. And the thought of losing him for nothing next summer was obviously a concerning one for the west London outfit.

Signing players up to new contracts before selling them on is common practice in the game today. And it is a sensible move from the smaller clubs who have talented players being targeted by so-called bigger clubs.

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Whether Carvalho does end up signing a new contract with Fulham remains to be seen. If he doesn’t the Hammers should be able to pick him up for a bargain fee in January.

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If he does put pen to paper, however, West Ham’s interest in the 19-year-old will be pushed to the limit as a sizeable transfer fee would then be required to prise him away from Craven Cottage.