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Albion scout Euro clash

Albion sent a scout to watch Benfica draw with Besiktas in a group match earlier this season, which could point to a home player being the reason for the spying mission.

Reports in Portugal have claimed that Manchester United and Valencia, who were also represented, were there to watch young forward Goncalo Guedes while Juventus were spying on defender Victor Lindelof.

Baggies technical director Nicky Hammond has done deals with the Lisbon club in the past, during his time at Reading, and could be sensing the opportunity for another swoop.

However, Argentine centre-back Lisandro Lopez, who was linked to the Hawthorns in the summer, did not play and remained on the bench for 90 minutes.

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