Journalist Luke Hatfield has told Football FanCast that it is unlikely that Aston Villa move for West Brom’s Matheus Pereira following the arrival of Emiliano Buendia.
Villa were said to be interested in Pereira, with The Athletic previously reporting that the Midlands club had been monitoring the 25-year-old after an impressive season at The Hawthorns.
In 33 Premier League appearances, Pereira managed to score 11 goals, though it was not enough to keep West Brom in English football’s top flight in the end.
And it seems it was also not enough for Villa, who are now unlikely to be in the running for his signature, according to Hatfield.
“The question is what clubs will be interested in Pereira,” the Express & Star reporter said. “Villa were said to be interested, but now they’ve got Buendia, I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
While Villa may no longer be interested in Pereira, Dean Smith still looks to be after attacking reinforcements.
The Villans recently had a second bid, believed to be worth £30m (per The Athletic), rejected for Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe.
Meanwhile, Football Insider are reporting that Dwight McNeil of Burnley is being lined up as an alternative to Smith Rowe, so it looks like Smith is definitely not done with revamping his forward line.