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Tony Pulis spent his weekend off scouting one of Europe’s most exciting midfielders

West Brom manager Tony Pulis was in Portugal this weekend watching Sporting Lisbon

West Brom weren’t in action over the weekend, so Baggies’ boss Tony Pulis spent his time off in Lisbon.

And we’re sure he had a lovely time.


Pulis is already looking ahead to next season

However, the trip was strictly business, with the Welshman reportedly on a personal scouting mission to check out Sporting Lisbon’s £25 million-rated midfielder William Carvalho.

Pulis was reportedly in the stands at the Estadio Jose Alvalade for Sporting’s league clash against Benfica on Saturday evening, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

And reports in the Telegraph claim the 59-year-old was there solely to cast an eye on Carvalho.


Carvalho in action for Sporting

West Brom have been monitoring the defensive midfielder for quite some time and even bid £20m for him last summer.

The offer was rejected by Sporting at the time, with the Portuguese giants insisting the player was not for sale.

Carvalho impressed for Portugal in last summer’s Euro 2016, and played 120 minutes in the final as his side shocked hosts France in a 1-0 win.


Carvalho celebrates scoring for Portugal

But it seems Pulis has renewed his interested in the midfielder, and is keen to press on with his summer transfer wish-list by flying to the Portuguese capital during his weekend off.

Speaking after last weekend’s defeat against Liverpool, Pulis strongly suggested that he’s keen to strengthen his side this summer.

He said: “If we want to push it on, which we do, then we have to try to get better.

“What this season has proved is that we do need that little bit more quality but we need a bit more depth as well and that’s important.”