West Brom and Crystal Palace being linked to William Carvalho has become a habit for the Portuguese press.

Carvalho has, reportedly, been on the verge of a Sporting exit for much of his adult life, but remains where he is.

Links to clubs like Juventus and Arsenal pop up every now and again and are grasped, with some excitement, but ultimately there’s usually absolutely nothing in them.

West Brom stick around because Tony Pulis openly talked about following the player at Sporting, so the Baggies will be linked to Carvalho for the rest of his career in Portugal.

Crystal Palace haven’t been linked quite as much as West Brom, but Sunday’s edition of Record says both clubs have ‘expressed interest’ in the player.

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For Carvalho to finally move, Crystal Palace and West Brom have to do rather more than simply expressing interest.

Carvalho is a good defensive midfielder, but maybe bigger clubs have had worries about his mobility. That’s likely why he remains where he is and nobody has offered the €30m+ to facilitate a transfer.

There’s uncertainty around the player’s future, say Record, but that’s been the case for several years.