'No brainer' - Exclusive: Kevin Phillips convinced clubs will want to sign West Brom star
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Kevin Phillips has warned West Brom that Matheus Pereira could attract attention from other clubs in the summer transfer window after an impressive start to life in English football.
Pereira, 23, joined Albion on a loan-to-buy basis from Sporting CP in the summer.
The Express & Star has reported that a £750,000 loan fee was paid for the Brazilian attacking midfielder and the Baggies have the option to sign him permanently for a further £8.25million.
Pereira, like most other West Brom players, have not played well in the last few weeks but he has still scored five goals and supplied 14 assists this season for the Black Country club.
Ex-West Brom striker Phillips believes that his former club are getting a bargain with Pereira but admits that there’s bound to be interest in him in the summer.
“That’s nothing, it’s a no brainer. Even Championship standards nowadays, that’s a no brainer,” Phillips told West Brom News.
“They’re the sort of players you need to get you promoted and £8.25million is nothing nowadays, I never went for that combined in my career.
“It’s nothing, if West Brom were to get promoted then you know, they would have to snap him up pretty quick because I’m sure there would be a few other clubs sniffing around.”
Albion are certainly getting themselves a bargain with Pereira, once the permanent deal goes through.
Although he is currently suspended and has not been directly involved in a goal since the win against Swansea in early December, Pereira remains as one of the standout players for the Baggies this season.
Clubs are bound to show interest in him in the summer but Albion will no doubt be in a strong position to keep hold of the Brazilian as he will have only just signed for them by that point.
In other West Brom news, Albion have eyed up a Newcastle United attacker.