West Brom have offered Matheus Pereira a new contract worth £45,000-a-week, according to the Mirror.
The newspaper reported on their live transfer blog on Thursday [10:21am] that Albion are pushing on with contract negotiations with the 24-year-old even though he’s struggling to find his stride in the Premier League since promotion.
Pereira only joined West Brom permanently in the summer when he was bought from Sporting CP in a deal worth £8.25million.
He agreed a £35,000-a-week, four-year contract upon his permanent switch to The Hawthorns but it is understood he’s now been offered a 50 per cent pay rise and an extra year to put him closer to the Black Country club’s highest earners.
Keep Pereira happy at all costs
Pereira hasn’t hit the heights that were expected of him this season but he’s still one of the best players that West Brom have on their books.
The former Sporting CP playmaker has scored one goal – a superb free-kick at Everton – and supplied three assists in 13 Premier League appearances this term.
Standing out as an attacker in such a dreadful team has proven difficult for the South American but keeping him happy should be one of the most important things Luke Dowling and Sam Allardyce can do this season.
The Athletic had reported not long ago that Pereira had become frustrated with the lack of progress over talks for a new contract. Steve Madeley wrote that the attacking midfielder was once a “positive, upbeat, charismatic” character has been replaced by one that is sometimes a “quiet, withdrawn version” of himself.
Pereira’s performances have steadily got worse over the season so the failure to get him tied down to a new contract may have played a role in that.
But this latest update from the Mirror is encouraging, at least.
We fail to see how he can turn down a big pay rise like that when he’s struggled and also when he may be a Championship player once again next season – unless he’s after a get-out clause should the Baggies drop back into the second-tier.
In other West Brom news, Albion fans are concerned after a “stone cold chance” was linked with a takeover at The Hawthorns.