Sporting Lisbon to report West Ham United to FIFA over William Carvalho approach

Sporting to report West Ham to FIFA
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Sporting Lisbon president Bruno de Carvalho vows to make West Ham United "pay" for damaging the reputation of his club during the war of words between the two teams.

Sporting Lisbon president Bruno de Carvalho has vowed to make West Ham United "pay" for damaging their reputation during the ongoing war of words between the two clubs.

The Hammers claim to have made a club-record approach to sign midfielder William Carvalho during the recent transfer window - and reportedly have email evidence to prove it - but Sporting have denied that they ever received a formal bid for the Portugal international.

Sporting communications director Nuno Saraiva took to Facebook to brand West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan a "liar" and "parasite", prompting the Hammers to threaten legal action against the Portuguese outfit.

However, De Carvalho has now revealed that he will take the case to FIFA in order to protect his club's reputation.

"West Ham sent a lot of agents. They never sent a proposal. It's our feeling and we already informed West Ham's lawyers that we are going to make a complaint to FIFA," he told BBC Sport.

"I haven't received an email from West Ham. They should start thinking very hard about the legal issue. They are going to need to show FIFA that they sent. They need to show a lot of things.

"It is very bad for our image and he needs to understand he will pay for this. He has damaged the name of a club that is 111 years old."

Carvalho has made 155 appearances for Sporting since being promoted from the youth team in 2011.

West Ham United Joint Chairman David Sullivan listens to a question during a press conference in east London to announce the new deal between Newham council and West Ham United football club on March 22, 2013
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