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Kevin Phillips claims Matheus Pereira’s agent could be working behind the scenes to try and seal a move away from West Brom for the attacker.
Pereira, 24, has had a mixed season in his debut Premier League campaign but has scored three goals in his last two outings in wins over Chelsea and Southampton.
The Brazilian is without doubt the most gifted played Albion have on their books and speculation has already started to appear about his future at The Hawthorns past this season.
Although West Brom have won their last two games, they still remain favourites to be relegated from the Premier League and Brazilian news outlet UOL reports the attacker will be made available in the summer for around £17million.
Ex-Baggies striker Phillips is desperate to see his former club keep hold of Pereira due to the way he helped them win promotion last season.
However, he accepts the South American playmaker might want to stay in England’s top-flight and claims he agent could be working on a deal behind the scenes.
“It would be a mistake because you want your quality players to bring you straight back up,” Phillips told West Brom News.
“They’ll have parachute payment so wages probably won’t be an issue – there are probably clauses in there anyway that will reduce their wages.
“It would be a blow if they were to lose [Pereira] because he’s shown he can shine in the Championship. He was a cut above the rest so it would be a huge blow.
“I’m sure West Brom won’t want to get rid of him but ultimately, from my experience, he’ll probably want to stay in the Premier League.
“His agent, or whoever is in the background, will probably be trying to work on that.
“I’d like to see him stay at West Brom, definitely.”
Earlier this season, there was talk about Pereira getting a new and improved £45,000-a-week contract at West Brom with the deal he’s currently on worth £30,000-a-week [Express & Star].
It’s all gone a bit quiet on that front with West Brom’s Premier League status up in the air but there could be clarity once we know what division we’ll be playing in next season.
Pereira is bound to have caught the eye of a lot of clubs due to his performances in England in the last two years.
We can’t blame anyone for wanting to sign him but we hope the Baggies hold out for way more than £17million if they do sell him.
But, of course, we’d all want to see Pereira stay because he’s genuinely one of the most exciting players we’ve had permanently at The Hawthorns since probably Jason Koumas.