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Portugal international William Carvalho could be on his way to Watford this summer, with El Desmarque suggesting that the midfielder is set to depart La Liga outfit Real Betis.

The phrase ‘better late than never’ comes to mind.

Carvalho has been linked almost relentlessly with a move to the Premier League since he burst on to the scene with Sporting Lisbon almost a decade ago. And, at the age of 28, a man who shone as Portugal won a major tournament for the first time in their history at Euro 2016 could finally be packing his bags and heading to England in the next few weeks.

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Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers continue to be linked but there is a new name in the frame this week: Nigel Pearson’s Watford.

Real Betis are willing to listen to offers for a player who has seen his season disrupted by a series of niggling injuries. And Watford might never have a better chance to sign a powerhouse of a midfielder with 59 caps for the Portuguese national team under his belt.

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A deep-lying number six with a fine range of passing, Carvalho could forge a formidable partnership with Etienne Capoue at the heart of the Hornets’ engine room.

And, for any Watford fan worried that the £26 million-rated Carvalho could be a replacement for the talismanic Abdoulaye Doucoure, it must be said that they are very different players with very different skill-sets.

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