West Brom announces Pereira as transfer target drops



Leeds United have joined West Bromwich Albion in the race for Wigan Athletic midfielder Joe Williams, according to reports.

Williams is expected to be on the move in the summer transfer window after Wigan’s relegation to Ligue 1.

The 23-year-old made 38 league appearances last season as the Latics were hit with a point deduction for entering administration and then slipped into the bottom three.

Albion was linked with the former Everton player earlier this month and Football Insider reports Leeds are now excited.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side, like Albion, are aiming for a number of signings after propelling the Baggies to the league title.

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An index …?

Brighton and Hove Albion center-half Shane Duffy is a man in demand this summer.

The Ireland international, who has spent the last four years at AMEX stadium, could be on the move in the transfer window after the Seagulls added to their defensive department again late in the season.

Duffy, who played a key role in establishing the club as a top-flight squad between 2017 and 2019, only started 12 games under Graham Potter last quarter after the arrival of Adam Webster.

With captain Lewis Dunk in the camp, versatile Dan Burn is also known for his center-back abilities and loaner Ben White and Matt Clarke both return to the South Coast after championship loans – plus the addition of Joel Veltman – Duffy’s playing time looks set to be tighter if he stays put.

Deal done!

West Brom has officially announced that Matheus Pereira is a permanent player in Albion.

The Brazilian maestro proved to be one of the signings of the season during the Championship last season, a debut campaign in England in which he scored eight goals and conceded 16 assists on his way to Albion in Premier League.

The agreement with Sporting Lisbon involved a move on a permanent basis if certain criteria were met; Such was the importance of Pereira to Slaven Bilic, that these appearance-based clauses were never in doubt.

It emerged earlier in the season that Pereira, 24, had already agreed to the terms of a permanent contract at The Hawthorns while going about his business on the pitch.

A loan fee of £ 750,000 was paid last summer, while the additional £ 8.25million was to be paid to Sporting if Pereira made 30 starts and / or the Baggies were promoted.

West Brom fans on Pereira’s announcement

Adam: Four-year contract. Smart move #wba. Enter!

Ash Ramian: Even knowing that it’s Matheus Pereira and that it’s been around for some time… knowing that he’s officially ours is very exciting. The best player I’ve seen donning the stripes in a long time. Just need a few more players to accompany him please!

Dex : 8.25 million. Absolute theft.

Andi Purewal: I can’t wait to see him in the Premier League, he’s one of the best players I’ve ever seen at the club. Happy Monday everyone!

Rich Jeff: Great news on Pereira. Massively undervalued, so credit to the club for spotting him in first place. Considering the finances, let’s hope we find more this summer.

Defender link

West Brom and West Ham have reportedly contacted Istanbul Basaksehir about a possible transfer of defender Junior Caicara.

The link first emerged in the national press over the weekend, suggesting the Baggies and Hammers would fight for the 31-year-old.

Caicara has only a year left on his deal with the Turkish side and it is believed he would like to move into England’s top flight.

And now, according to Sport Witness, Basaksehir is ready to let the full-back leave for as little as € 3million.

In addition to Premier League interest, Spain’s Real Betis and Russian giant Zenit are excited – although some say his preference is a move to England.


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