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Report: West Brom told Patrick Vieira-like enforcer will cost them £18m in obligation-to-buy deal

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Report: West Brom told Patrick Vieira-like enforcer will cost them £18m in obligation-to-buy deal

West Bromwich Albion have been told by Real Betis that William Carvalho will only move to The Hawthorns if the Baggies agree to an £18million obligation-to-buy clause, according to MD.

New Albion manager Sam Allardyce is in the process of bolstering his ranks as he looks to guide the Baggies to Premier League safety this season.

He has already brought Robert Snodgrass and Andy Lonergan to The Hawthorns this month, but he’s believed to be after additional protection in front of his defence.

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And Carvalho is now said to be on Allardyce’s radar, with the Daily Mail initially reporting interest in the Portugal international a few days ago, alongside Okay Yokuslu and Mbaye Diagne.

MD have now followed up on that report by claiming that Betis will not budge unless West Brom are willing to sign up to a loan with obligation to buy at the end of the season for at least 20m Euro (around £18million).

Carvalho, currently out with a muscular issue, has made 15 appearances in all competitions for Betis this season, netting twice, while his overall tally for the green-and-whites reads 71 appearances, two goals and five assists.


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Speaking to talkSPORT on Monday (19 January, 11:00am), Allardyce admitted that, with funds tight, the Baggies may be forced to prioritise loan deals over permanent transfers.

Carvalho is a high-calibre player who has previously been compared to the likes of Patrick Vieira and Yaya Toure (ESPN and The Guardian).

And aside from a decent career at club level, he has also shined at international level, with winners’ medals at European Championship and Nations League level.

As a result, it’s perhaps unsurprising that he won’t come cheap, and given the Baggies are still in a perilous position in the table, committing themselves to an obligation-to-buy deal may be too high a risk.

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