By Craig Scott

21st Jul, 2021 | 11:10am

Leeds United priced out of move to sign West Brom star Matheus Pereira

West Brom have raised their valuation of Matheus Pereira and priced Leeds United out of a move for the Brazilian attacker, according to Joao Castelo-Branco.

The ESPN journalist, who is the UK-based Brazilian correspondent, reported via his personal Twitter account on Tuesday night that “no official offers” have been made for Pereira.

However, it is understood that Frankfurt are closest to matching West Brom’s £30million valuation of the 25-year-old.

West Ham are reportedly holding fire on a move as they aim to sign Jesse Lingard while the Baggies’ decision to up their asking price from £20million to £30million – due to Emiliano Buendia’s £33million move to Aston Villa [BBC Sport] – has seen a deal become too expensive for Leeds.

Time to move on

Pereira was superb for West Brom last season and definitely showed he has what it takes to perform in the Premier League.

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He was great in the Championship for the Midlands club when we were promoted alongside them and was probably the only player they had to continue his form after the promotion.

Last term, Pereira scored 11 goals and supplied six assists in 33 Premier League appearances and if you base his valuation on the figures spent on other players similar to him – like Buendia – then you have to admit West Brom have every right to demand £30million for their star man.

Leeds don’t really need him.

Pereira is an attacking midfielder who likes to sit in behind the striker or drift out wide onto the right, where he can cut inside on his left foot.

Rodrigo can play that role in behind a striker for us while Stuart Dallas and Tyler Roberts have also shown themselves to be capable.

Leeds need additions in the centre of the midfield first and foremost this summer with the left-back situation already sorted.

It’d be nice to sign Pereira but he’s not someone we’re desperate to sign.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have a medical scheduled today ahead of a new signing.