04 November 2019 22:44
The Brazilian moved to The Hawthorns from Sporting Lisbon in August with the Baggies initially paying £775,000 to bring him in on loan. But that deal gives Albion the right to purchase the player at any point for £8.25million – with Pereira having already agreed personal terms for his permanent transfer. With the 23-year-old having been in spectacular form this season, the Express & Star understands the Baggies will take up that option. And Bilic feels Pereira represents outstanding value for money. "But it's still early days.
"But is he good? Bilic revealed how he first discovered Pereira – with the head coach admitting the scouting process can at times be painstaking. Advertising "In the transfer window he asked me about some players, I asked him about some players. "You are watching players every night. I don't know how many.
That's why I hate the transfer window – seriously because for 10 hours, eight hours, a day you are watching players. "It's fun the first day but after a few days you can't wait for it to end. "You need it, of course, it is crucial, without that you are dead basically. "But on the other hand, you can't wait for it to finish because there are too many players to watch. "I watched Pereira a few times and he looked top in a team that got relegated. "I remember watching him in games in February when there is snow around so it's not like Brazil, but he looked great. "They were losing but he was the one that was telling saying 'come on guys' and all that. "It was not only his quality, but the attitude and mentality were correct as well." West Bromwich Albion boss Slaven Bilic has been full of praise for on-loan Brazilian starlet Matheus Pereira ahead of this evening's visit to Stoke City. In an interview reported by the Express & Star, Bilic has described the likely permanent transfer of Pereira as 'a snip'. The Brazilian moved to The Hawthorns from Sporting Lisbon in August with the Baggies initially paying £775,000 to bring him in on loan and with that deal they are presented with the right to buy him permanently for £8.25million at any point this season. Personal terms have already been agreed between the player and the club and Bilic believes it would represent fantastic business for West Brom. "Yes – if we get promotion," Bilic joked when asked if Pereira is a snip at £8.25million. "No, you're right, Pereira is a bargain anyway. But it's still early days. He also has to stay focused and lift the bar." "Sometimes he does too many sexy things. But is he good? Yes, he's good. Very good, I love him, but he has to be even more ruthless." The Croatian Head Coach also explained how he came to find out about Pereira. "Pereira was on loan at Nuremberg last season and I have many friends in Germany," he continued. "I played in the Bundesliga and my ex-assistant from West Ham (Edin Terzic) is at Dortmund and we are basically in daily contact. In the transfer window he asked me about some players, I asked him about some players." Pereira has undoubtedly been in scintillating form so far this season and should the Baggies acquire him on a permanent deal it would be a huge coup for Slaven Bilic's men as they aim to win promotion back to the Premier League.