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Everton could bring Pereira back to the Premier League

| 28/08/2022 48comments  |  Jump to last

Everton are said to be eyeing a move for former West Bromwich Albion player Matheus Pereira as the club continues to pursue targets ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.

The 26-year-old Brazilian has been playing in Saudi Arabia with Al Halil for the past year after leaving the Hawthorns having fallen out with then manager, Valérien Ismaël.

According to Sportsmail, Pereira is keen on returning to the Premier League and Leicester City have also been credited with serious interest in signing him.

Pereira was one of West Brom's most effective players during their most recent season in the top flight two years ago and scored 12 goals in 34 appearances from attacking midfield and out wide, weighing in with six assists.

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In all he played 77 times for the Midlands club and scored 20 times after joining them from Sporting, initially on loan.

Original Source: Sportsmail  

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Tony Everan
1 Posted 28/08/2022 at 08:23:41
An interesting one this morning that we have been enquiring about Matheus Pereira, the talented Brazilian player who went to Saudi last year from West Brom.

He has goals, he can score a goal out of nothing, creativity and skill that would bring us more threat going forward. That's if he hasn't put on two stone whilst in Saudi Arabia, like Rondon after his China stint.

Phil Malone Jnr
2 Posted 28/08/2022 at 17:15:59
Can we send a scout somewhere please. France, Brazil, Italy or something
Will Mabon
3 Posted 28/08/2022 at 17:24:48
Another mouth-watering prospect.
Dave Bowen
4 Posted 28/08/2022 at 17:33:10
Good player for West Brom. Scored at Goodison from a free-kick IIRC. Would be cheap so definitely worth a punt.
Stu Darlington
5 Posted 28/08/2022 at 17:41:19
Any legs in the rumour that Chelsea have offered £25m for Gordon,plus Broja and Gallagher or is it just paper talk?
If true it’s a no brainer for me,snatch their hands off!
And we could still pick up some re inforcements before Friday!
Would be sorry to lose Gordon but this would be good business for the club in my opinion especially in positions we need to fill.
Finn Taylor
6 Posted 28/08/2022 at 17:46:23
'Any legs in the rumour that Chelsea have offered £25m for Gordon,plus Broja and Gallagher or is it just paper talk?'

Papertalk? It's Billy Bull**it talk. File under 'We tried to get shearer when he agreed to join Newcastle... and we tried to hijack the Gibbs white deal...

Colin Glassar
7 Posted 28/08/2022 at 18:02:03
That would be an amazing deal, Stu. We could get Gana and Brereton-Diaz with some change left. It will never happen.
Kieran Kinsella
8 Posted 28/08/2022 at 18:10:45
I think it’s pretty unrealistic. Two clubs, three players, three sets of agents all agreeing to a complex deal at the 11th hour.
Robert Tressell
9 Posted 28/08/2022 at 18:27:35
He's a tidy player - and did very well for WBA in his final season.

It'd be a peculiar signing in some respects though because he plays in the same area that McNeil seems to have been brought in for.

There's a danger that we're just stockpiling a new set of fairly average players this window.

That's not to say we didn't need more depth etc but out of the new boys, only Onana looks like he has genuine star quality.

Anthony Flack
10 Posted 28/08/2022 at 18:36:43
My worry is that we don’t replicate what Koeman did ie loads of players who do the same thing to a pretty poor average

People say Frank has a plan ….

Peter Neilson
11 Posted 28/08/2022 at 19:01:36
No chance of that Anthony, can’t see us making 7th in the table.Happy if we do like.
Stephen Williams
12 Posted 28/08/2022 at 19:14:07
From recollection, this lad had offers from Premier League clubs whilst at WBA but at the relatively young age of 25 declined and instead left for the back waters of the Saudi league. In fairness he was very open in saying that his motivation was purely financial as the offer would set him, and his wider family, up for life. Whilst I can understand that sentiment, and why shouldn't he take that decision, this gives as clear a steer as possible that he lacks footballing ambition and is only interested in money. Again whilst that is his prerogative, what it does tell us is that he isn't the type of character that we need to help move us forward.

File under 'not for us' let someone else be a mug, and move on.

Jim Bennings
13 Posted 28/08/2022 at 19:16:40
Periera, Gallagher and Brereton Diaz with the Gana deal being finalized would be a wet dream right now.

Ajay Gopal
14 Posted 28/08/2022 at 19:17:12
I liked this guy and had him on my wish list in last summer’s transfer window. I thought I’d strange that he chose to move to the Middle East. He has the ability to score goals but I wonder if his 1 year is a much inferior league would have blunted his skills.
Chris James
15 Posted 28/08/2022 at 19:32:09
I saw that too, Stu. I think it could actually have legs. Gallagher isn't working for Tuchel and Broja clearly isn't in his plans either.

I'd grab this in a second if true.

Bill Gienapp
16 Posted 28/08/2022 at 19:47:11
When West Brom were relegated, I remember quite a few on here said we should be all over this guy.

But it looks like he stayed in the Championship, then moved on to Saudi Arabia? What happened?

Tony Everan
17 Posted 28/08/2022 at 20:13:15
Bill, Agent with dollar signs in his eyeballs. Now it seems the player wants to play real football again.

He's got goal threat, great ball control a good shot and can score out of nothing, so he'll probably end up somewhere else.

Stephen Williams
18 Posted 28/08/2022 at 20:37:59

Whilst I despise agents as much as the next supporter, you can't blame his agent for his move to Saudi. The agent was just carrying out the player's wishes to earn him north of £200k pw (self-admitted life-changing cash).

The reason WBA were so upset with him is that:
a) he refused to help them in the Championship, and
b) refused to move anywhere but Saudi, thereby costing the club a bundle in transfer fees.

Like I said at 11, swerve him.

Joe McMahon
19 Posted 28/08/2022 at 20:52:20
Stephen, he sounds like a really sound down to earth bloke! I hope we go nowhere near him.
Tony Everan
20 Posted 28/08/2022 at 21:00:03

I think they got about £17M for him but we're hoping for more, for all his talent I too have reservations.

Will he find the same form after time in a far less competitive league?

Would he be a non-committed mercenary who didn't fit in?

At the moment, though I'd consider signing the devil himself if he could score us some regular goals. I don't think this one will happen anyway. Another rumour in the wind.

James Newcombe
21 Posted 28/08/2022 at 21:01:34
I really wanted us to sign him when WBA went down. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw he left to play in Saudi at his age! How much money do you actually need FFS?!
Derek Thomas
22 Posted 28/08/2022 at 22:55:09
James Newcombe @ 20; How much ya got?

* mixes metaphors; we'll either end up with a brilliant Paella full of lots of sound ingredients - or like the car that Homer designed.and in the process sent his brother bankrupt.

I'd settle for 2 bread and jam wins this week.

Soren Moyer
23 Posted 28/08/2022 at 23:35:18
Why aren't we prioritizing getting a decent striker and a proper creative number 10 first where we badly need it most!?

Or are we just randomly going after players in a certain price bracket regardless of the positions they are playing in!!!!?

I just can't understand what this club is doing tbh.

Alan J Thompson
24 Posted 29/08/2022 at 06:39:34
I suppose things could get worse and come 10 minutes before the window closes and the fax paper gives out we'll have signed Maupay, Broja, Brereton Diaz, this bloke and a couple of other strikers we've been linked with.

And announcing that not only has Calvert-Lewin regained fitness but we've also recalled Simms, Dobbin and Broadhead and that Bill has invited Moshiri, Thelwell and Lampard to dinner in London to find out who did what and for how much and could they bring their travel chits, phone bills and YouTube accounts with them. Our best hope is that it is mostly sports writers and commentators with little else to do.

Oh, and please don't tell me this bloke Pereira, at WBA, had a wonderful understanding with Rondon.

Colin Glassar
25 Posted 29/08/2022 at 07:55:21
Bring in all the attackers you want, but until we have a stronger midfield, to protect our defence and supply our forwards, we will continue to tread water.
Jim Bennings
26 Posted 29/08/2022 at 08:28:36

It's not just about a stronger midfield, it's about them closing things down far quicker, and I include the fullbacks in that.

Onana is strong so he's going to be the mainstay you'd imagine, but he needs to get up to speed and press on the front foot.

If you've ever played the game at any level you know the importance of working hard off the ball, that's why Pep's Barcelona team was so great.

You can have all the defensive midfielders you want but if they stand off and allow shots then it's useless.

We need to work a whole lot harder off the ball in my opinion and not daydream when we don't have possession.

Steve Cotton
27 Posted 29/08/2022 at 08:59:14
Spot on Jim #25 a couple of teams have pressed the life out of the opposition already this season and it’s worked really well…

Sadly our guys sit back and watch to see what happens next. We don't have the personnel to press...

Brian Harrison
28 Posted 29/08/2022 at 09:27:49
Another day and another player linked to Everton, thankfully only a few days of this transfer nonsense left.

By the time we play our neighbours, all the deals will be done and we will know what we have till another window opens in January. I have always believed the window should be open until the day before the season starts and shouldn't open again till the season finishes.

I think someone on TW said that, since the start of the window, according to the press and other sources, we have been linked with 116 players.

I think we are still negotiating with PSG over Gueye and he was supposed to be signed sealed and delivered over 2 weeks ago.

Jack Convery
29 Posted 29/08/2022 at 09:40:54
I see Willy Boly is being offered to Forest for £1m. Why not sign him up as back-up centre-back? He knows Coady, understands the Premier League, and has played the 3 centre-backs formation at Wolves for a while now.

Also, it will allow us to sell Keane and raise some much-needed cash. We should get a minimum of £20M for him, seeing he is English, and get his wages off the bill.

Jack Convery
30 Posted 29/08/2022 at 10:28:13
Less than 85 hours to go. Moshiri will then be judged!!
Lester Yip
31 Posted 29/08/2022 at 11:37:12
David, I think Gueye is probably the key for play a 4 at the back. Frank has tried 4 at the back in pre-season and it doesn't work. Not with our players. Therefore we get Coady in who plays well with a back 3 or 5 depends on how you see it.

Also, one of the reason that we haven't lost many goals was because we sat deep and not allowing a lot of space for the opposition to counter-attack. I can't think how many goals we can leak if we press up against Liverpool.

James O'Connell
33 Posted 29/08/2022 at 12:46:23
We've all been here before, every transfer window. Reality is our business has been done and the underwhelming signings we have made are all we are getting.
Dale Rose
34 Posted 29/08/2022 at 12:54:35
Transfer deadlines, utter bullshit and fake news. Do any of these alleged journalists fact-check anything?
Andy Meighan
35 Posted 29/08/2022 at 13:47:05
Jack 31. You've just typed my post there.
Mal van Schaick
36 Posted 29/08/2022 at 13:48:17
Still only 26. Worth a punt, knows where the goal is.
Peter Hodgson
37 Posted 29/08/2022 at 16:39:50
You are banned stu @ 39 for swearing by mentioning the name B...ley. I thought everyone had got over that silly idea. I realise that you probably mention the name in jest, thank goodness.

Now Pereira is a different story. He is a good prospect for return to the UK from Saudi. He, at 25/26 will have made a few tax free shillings and will sincerely thank EFC for rescuing him from that country where the pay is but nothing else is. He'll be delighted to get back here to do something he enjoys, ie scoring goals and listening to the fans shouting his name. He wants to come back for that so he can rebuild his reputation for the future and enjoy his work and the atmosphere. I doubt he will be expensive and he won't have lost too much pace etc in 12 months (subject to medicals etc) so all should be well.

On the question of goalscorers the Diaz name is still being spoken about. I wonder if anything is being done about him. Not much time left and I would like to think it is not one of those things that we will just talk about on forums until it dies a death. I would welcome him here.

Denis Richardson
38 Posted 29/08/2022 at 16:46:37
You just know teary eyed Kenwright will try to sign Barkley….‘he’s one of our own’…..
Dale Self
39 Posted 29/08/2022 at 16:52:00
Absofuckinglutely! Do this like yesterday! He's made his stack now if he really wants to make a football name for himself, we've got something in mind. I do wonder what his wage demands are but perhaps he is on terms that allows a cheap exit and overall keeps the compensation reasonable.
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
40 Posted 29/08/2022 at 16:53:16
Barkley on £20 grand a week (£1m a year) - and still no?
Rob Halligan
41 Posted 29/08/2022 at 16:59:24
Ross Barkley will probably end up at Notts Forest. After all, they’re signing everybody else who their current club no longer want.
Dale Self
42 Posted 29/08/2022 at 17:05:00
As this did turn into a Barkley discussion, I was talking about Pereira just to be clear.
Nick White
43 Posted 29/08/2022 at 17:05:32
Personally I wouldn’t take Barkley back on a pay as you play deal. Not a professional in any way. Too happy to enjoy the nightlife and not a good influence on the dressing room.
Nick White
44 Posted 29/08/2022 at 17:10:18
Steavey Buckley
45 Posted 29/08/2022 at 17:53:01
Everton need as many goal scorers as possible.
Matthew Williams
46 Posted 29/08/2022 at 18:08:09
I must be getting old, but I simply don't remember this lad?

I agree with Steavey above like, we need goals and if this player can provide that then it's all that matters to me.

Julian Wait
47 Posted 29/08/2022 at 19:13:19
Vs McNeil - Looks like he's a right-sided player, vs McNeil on the left. Still, this smacks of agent market manipulation and I don't see this happening,
Fran Mitchell
48 Posted 29/08/2022 at 19:22:37
Pereira looked a talent at WBA, but his move to Saudi Arabia in chase of the dollar when he had many options suggests he's not one with the attitude that we desire at this club.

We need players who will fight, who will have passion for the shirt whilst they are here.

Sounds like agent talk anyway, very much doubt its veracity.

We do desperately need an inside forward with pace and goals. Does Allan Saint-Maximim have a cousin anywhere?

Bobby Mallon
49 Posted 29/08/2022 at 22:06:56
I just hate how much money is being spent on transfers when people won’t be paying their energy bills.

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