Report: West Brom send scouts to watch Tonny Vilhena make Netherlands debut

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The Premier League club appear to be monitoring the midfielder's progress.

Feyenoord's Tonny Vilhena in action with Southampton's JuanmiFeyenoord's Tonny Vilhena in action with Southampton's Juanmi

West Bromwich Albion's interest in Tonny Vilhena appears to be fairly serious as the Express and Star claims that the Baggies sent scouts to watch the 21-year-old make his international debut last weekend.

The midfielder played 11 minutes of the Netherlands' clash with Austria, and while the Express and Star report that he is not Tony Pulis' number one target, it appears that they are keeping their options open having sent a representative to have a look at Vilhena. 

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

One factor that will undoubtedly make going after the youngster a more attractive proposition is the fact that his arrival should not have too much of an impact on the Premier League's side transfer budget.

The Express and Star reports that the Feyenoord man is out of contract with the Eredivisie outfit in the coming weeks, so will be available on a free transfer. 

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However, the Express and Star also state that champions Leicester and Italian giants Inter Milan have registered an interest in Vilhena so Pulis may have to prepare himself for a bidding war if he decides to make a move.

Should the Baggies ultimately land the midfielder, it will arguably be an excellent bit of business, especially given that he will arrive under little pressure with no fee being involved in the deal.

The Dutchman scored five league goals and contributed four assists this term. And those tallies would have made him the second-highest goalscorer and most prolific assist-maker had he been in the West Brom squad this past season.

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