William Carvalho has rejected the chance to join Fulham on loan, according to reports from Spain.

Marco Silva had been keen to be reunited with the Portuguese international, whom he had coached during his time in charge of Sporting Lisbon, but the defensive midfielder had turned down the possibility of making a move to the Championship. Real Betis – who are eager to have the 29 year-old off their wage bill before the end of the transfer window – had accepted Fulham’s offer of an initial loan, with a permanent purchase obligation in the event of promotion to the Premier League, but the deal appears dead without the player’s agreement.