Former All Leeds TV presenter Joe Wainman feels Leeds United were never in the running to sign Matheus Pereira, contrary to reports.
Pereira swapped West Bromwich Albion for a big-money contract with Saudi Arabian outfit Al Hilal earlier this month.
A number of clubs were keen to keep Pereira in English football, with Leicester City and West Ham United being named as two of the interested parties.
According to ESPN Brazil, Leeds were also courting the 25-year-old. The report suggests Aston Villa and Crystal Palace joined the race to sign Pereira before he opted to join Al Hilal.
However, JustJoe Football Show anchorman Wainman has rubbished claims a move to Elland Road was ever on the cards, although he does question why boss Marcelo Bielsa did not raise an interest in the winger.
He told Football FanCast: “I was quite surprised when we heard from Pereira’s agent that Leeds had not been in contact at all.
“I know some Premier League clubs were but the fact that we never actually opened up dialogue was a little bit surprising because I think he would have fit in nicely.
“I understand why he has gone abroad – it is what it is. It’s money for him and that kind of money can’t be sniffed at.”