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West Brom emerge as shock favourites to sign Euro 2016 winning midfielder

Despite interest from Arsenal and Man City, the Baggies are said to be in pole position to recruit William Carvalho from Sporting CP this summer

Tony Pulis is a miracle worker.

West Brom have impressed fans and pundits alike this season and with the Baggies comfortably set for a top half finish it appears they have been instilled with a fresh sense of ambition.

The club have emerged as surprise favourites to sign highly-rated midfielder William Carvalho.

 

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Bullying opponents since 2011

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Bullying opponents since 2011

The 25-year-old has been tipped for a move away from Sporting CP in the summer having resisted offers in the wake of Portugal's Euro 2016 triumph.

Carvalho's resolute performances in front of the back four were to key to Fernando Santos' ultimately successful tactics in France.

Sporting CP are once again set to miss out on a Primeira Liga title with leaders Benfica eight points ahead of them with three games to play.

Carvalho is in need of a new challenge.

Carvalho made life difficult for some classy players at Euro 2016

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Carvalho made life difficult for some classy players at Euro 2016

The powerful midfielder is valued at approximately £30million, a transfer fee that would smash West Brom's club record of £13m (Nacer Chadli from Spurs).

However, Saido Berahino's departure to Stoke in January has bolstered the club's finances ahead of an optimistic transfer window.

Arsenal were previously linked with Carvalho but opted to sign Granit Xhaka instead.

However, the Gunners may renew their interest if he is open to a move to the Premier League.

Would Arsenal fans have preferred Carvalho over this guy?

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Would Arsenal fans have preferred Carvalho over this guy?

Man City are also said to be keeping an eye on the situation in the event that Yaya Toure leaves at the end of the season.

Although as it stands West Brom remain the most interested in a permanent deal.

Plus, Carvalho is the archetypal Pulis player; it just feels right.