West Brom manager Tony Pulis spends weekend off monitoring Sporting Lisbon's £25m-rated midfielder William Carvalho

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William Carvalho, the Sporting Lisbon midfielder, has been identified as a possible summer transfer by West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis - Reuters

Tony Pulis is ramping up his summer transfer plans after making a scouting mission to check on Sporting Lisbon’s £25 million-rated William Carvalho.

Pulis was in Portugal on Saturday to watch Carvalho in Sporting’s 1-1 draw with Benfica and is weighing up whether to revive his interest in the midfielder.

Carvalho was a target for West Bromwich Albion last summer, with Sporting rejecting an offer of over £20m and insisting he was not for sale.

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But Sporting’s stance is thought to have softened and Pulis’s decision to fly to the Portuguese capital, taking advantage of a free weekend, suggests that Carvalho remains on Albion’s radar.

Carvalho impressed for Portugal at Euro 2016 and played the full 120 minutes in the final as hosts France were beaten 1-0.

Albion are targeting another defensive midfielder this summer and it will require a record-breaking offer to land  the 25-year-old.

Pulis is still assessing potential signings ahead of his meeting with owner Guochuan Lai next month, where he is likely to discover the size of his budget.

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Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson is also understood to be on Albion’s wishlist, while a striker, winger and left-back are priorities.

After Albion’s 1-0 defeat to Liverpool earlier this month, Pulis 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.”

West Brom will return to the Premier League this weekend with a home game against Leicester City.

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