West Brom’s Matheus Pereira was recently subject to a €7 million bid from Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal, according to journalist Ekrem Konur.
The Baggies’ talisman netted 11 Premier League goals last season and provided a further six – figures that accounted for 49% of the goals that the club scored.
Pereira has consistently starred for Albion over the last couple of seasons and has attracted the interest of several Premier League and Bundesliga clubs, according to the Express and Star.
Although the bid that is currently on the table seems minuscule, it could force the other clubs who are in pursuit to start acting as soon as possible.
There is no denying that if Pereira did depart this summer, then it would leave a glaring creative void in West Brom’s midfield. Here we take a look at two players who could provide a solution, should Pereira head for pastures new…
Tom Cairney is someone who has consistently performed at the top-end of the Championship for several years and has the goal contributions to back that up.
He has a wand of a left foot and has an excellent passing range to match and he is always looking to unlock defences.
Cairney has been an excellent servant for Fulham, but he is coming to a point in his career where he might be tempted by a new challenge and a new project.
Cairney possesses a lot of attributes that most Championship managers can only dream of, and if placed just behind West Brom’s attacking forward line, then he could thrive at The Hawthorns.
When it comes to promising, attack-minded talents then Harvey Elliott ranks very highly.
The Liverpool starlet scored seven times and grabbed 11 assists during a mightily impressive loan spell with Blackburn Rovers and proved himself in a division full of talent.
Similar to Cairney, Elliott’s left foot is a thing of beauty and he has the ability to commit defenders with his electric burst of pace and low centre of gravity.
Elliott proved to be just as valuable as a creator of goals as he was in scoring them – something that Pereira has shown over the last couple of years.
The 18-year-old is a player brimming with confidence and with his immediate future at Liverpool yet to be determined, a move to a highly ambitious Championship club may be deemed as the next best step for his career.