David Norris: Matheus Pereira would be a shrewd signing for Leeds United
Former Leeds United midfielder David Norris has urged his former club to sign West Brom attacker Matheus Pereira this summer.
According to ESPN reporter João Castelo-Branco, the Elland Road outfit are actively pursuing the signature of the Brazilian, and head coach Marcelo Bielsa likes him very much.
TEAMtalk claims West Brom want at least £15million for the signature of the 25-year-old.
Norris believes landing Pereira for the quoted fee would be a bargain, insisting spending such an outlay on him could be a worthy risk.
He told the Transfer Tavern: “If it works then it could be a great bit of business because of the price and, at £15million, it wouldn’t be the end of the world if it doesn’t work out.
“They would still recoup some of that if he has to move on. He’s not a big, marquee signing but he could get a few goals or come in as a decent back-up when Leeds lose players to injury. It would be a shrewd bit of business.”
While West Brom ended up relegating last season, Pereira was one of their shining lights, ending the Premier League campaign with 11 goals and six assists in 33 games.
Leeds are open to signing an attacking midfielder this summer and landing a quality one for £15million could be a masterstroke.
We need more depth in attack and more goals if we are to realistically push for the top-six next season, and the Brazilian has proven he is a premium English top-flight player.
He played on both wings last season but excelled playing behind the striker, and it is a position we need to strengthen following the departure of Pablo Hernandez.
West Brom need to sell the attacker this summer in order to use the cash to bring in new players in their bid to earn immediate promotion, and that could play into our hands.
However, Leeds are not the only ones interested in his services, and we should expect a fierce battle.
Pereira wants to play international football and is eligible to represent both Brazil and Portugal.
Breaking into either side has proven difficult so far, but he is going to become a better player under Bielsa and increase his chances ahead of the World Cup should he move to Elland Road.