Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho was once linked with Europe’s best but could Newcastle or West Brom now sign him?

Portugal’s William Carvalho has his penalty saved during the shootout

Reports from the Birmingham Mail suggest that West Bromwich Albion now face competition from Newcastle United for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.

According to the newspaper, Baggies boss Tony Pulis is a keen admirer of the 25-year-old and has even flown out to the Portuguese capital to watch him in action.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

Yet if either West Brom or Newcastle land Carvalho, could they potentially be signing one of the best midfielders in Europe, based on the previous speculation surrounding the player?

Just two years ago there were widespread reports that Real Madrid were looking to sign the Portugal international, with talkSPORT saying Los Blancos would trump Arsenal and Chelsea to the transfer.

Several other of Europe’s elite have also been linked with Carvalho in the past, who played a key role for Portugal as they won Euro 2016 last summer.

England’s Jack Wilshere in action with Portugal’s William Carvalho

In fact the Sporting star has 30 caps for his country and has played over 155 times for his club, also winning the Portuguese Cup and Super Cup.

Once rated as one of the most talented on the continent in his position, while interest from the big boys has cooled this could be the perfect opportunity for Pulis or Rafael Benitez to take advantage to land a potentially world-class player.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

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