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Kevin Phillips claims Aston Villa are a club that would probably interest Matheus Pereira if the Brazilian leaves West Brom in the summer.

According to The Athletic, Villa are one of a number of Premier League clubs who are interested in signing the 24-year-old, who’s easily been West Brom’s best outfield player in the Premier League this season.

It’s a scary thought – our best player joining Villa. And according to Phillips, it’s something that could happen due to the ease of a move to Villa Park and also the chance to play alongside Jack Grealish.

Aston Villa

Speaking to West Brom News, the former Albion and Villa striker said: “You don’t [see much loyalty in football these days] and that’s unfortunate. It is what it is but everyone understands.

“Every West Brom supporter won’t want him to leave the club because he was a huge part of them coming up to the Premier League and he’s started to show some form as of late and scoring goals.

“You don’t want to lose him but from the player’s point of view, he probably feels he belongs in the Premier League now.

“Aston Villa is a big club and logistically, it would suit him – he wouldn’t have to move [house].

“I can see why you would suggest that he would be interested in a move. You’ve seen at certain stages this season that Villa play some good football and the chance of playing with someone like Jack Grealish, if he’s still there, that can really appeal.”

West Brom

We don’t want to see Pereira leave in the summer but if he wants to stay in the Premier League then we cannot really blame him.

It’s not like Craig Dawson handing in a transfer request to force a move away from the Baggies as he did last time the club was relegated. Pereira is someone who is obviously Premier League quality.

But if he does move on then let’s hope it’s not to Villa.

In other West Brom news, this former Premier League midfielder confirms he’d be keen to join the Albion.

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