Aston Villa given clear instruction over Matheus Pereira transfer

Aston Villa should raid West Bromwich Albion for winger Matheus Pereira, according to former England striker Emile Heskey.

The Brazilian took to life in the Premier League with ease this season, despite being a part of a struggling Albion side who were relegated in 19th place.

Pereira scored 10 goals in the league and assisted six more, meaning he was directly involved in half of his side’s goals.

The 25-year-old future at The Hawthorns is in severe doubt with Albion having dropped back into the Championship and there will likely be a host of suitors interested in offering him an opportunity to remain in the top flight.

Villa are said to be among them with reports from the Athletic claiming Pereira is firmly on sporting director Johan Lange’s shortlist going into the summer.

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Villa want to add attacking reinforcements to Dean Smith’s squad and Pereira is proven on the Premier League stage.

Heskey, who spent three years at Villa Park, believes a move to B6 would suit Pereira down to the ground.

“I think he’s done fantastic. I think he would suit the way Aston Villa play because he’s very much a counter-attacking kind of football player,” Heskey told HITC.

He added: “From tenth-place down, I’m sure Pereira will have plenty of suitors because, in the second half of the season, he just kicked on and produced some really, really good football.”

Pereira wouldn’t come cheap despite Albion’s relegation – he has three years left on his contract and would likely cost north of £30million.

But such a fee would come as no problem for Villa, who are primed to attack the transfer market this summer backed by billionaire owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens.

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