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West Ham boss Bilic hopeful of signing Sporting's William Carvalho

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic remains hopeful of signing Portugal midfielder William Carvalho.

Bilic wants to make Carvalho his sixth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez and Sead Haksabanovic.

However, Carvalho's current club Sporting Lisbon are reportedly holding out for £40 million for the 25-year-old.

Sources say Carvalho is keen on the move, however, and Bilic says Hammers joint-chairman David Sullivan is still on the case.

Bilic said: "I left it to the chairman and the people who are involved. I am concentrating only and totally on our [next] game.

"We will see what happens with ins and outs. It's becoming very busy at other clubs too.''

Hart, Zabaleta, Arnautovic and Hernandez all made their debuts at Manchester United last weekend, and things did not go entirely to plan in a chastening 4-0 defeat.

Next up for the Hammers is another away trip -- due to the fact the London Stadium has only just finished hosting the World Athletics Championships -- to Southampton.

Winger Michail Antonio makes a welcome return to the squad following a hamstring operation but the match comes too soon for Andy Carroll.

The injury-prone striker is back in training after the thigh problem he suffered last season, and will be desperate to get a run of matches with a World Cup on the horizon.

William Carvalho is in Slaven Bilic's sights as the West Ham manager looks to improve the squad.

But Bilic warned: "It would be wrong to think about the World Cup for him.

"We need to focus on his first 10 games after such a long lay-off.

"We need him to start playing games and we don't want to rush him. We don't want a situation that after a few days of training then he plays and gets a new injury.

"We don't want to wait too long but we have to have a short preseason before he enters the pitch.''

Bilic is still without injured midfield duo Manuel Lanzini and Cheikhou Kouyate as he attempts to bounce back from their Old Trafford mauling.

"I said after the game that we should have done better. But, we didn't give up,'' he added.

"It wasn't very smart at times though, and we crumbled.

"We have looked good in training, though. We want to approach the Southampton game in a positive mood.''

Meanwhile, sources say the Hammers are to make Robert Snodgrass available for transfer.

The Scotland international only joined the club in January in a £7m deal from Hull but he has failed to command a regular place and now appears surplus to requirements.

The 29-year-old former Leeds and Norwich player has three years remaining on his contract but the club are open to offers and he could leave on loan or on a permanent deal.

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