West Bromwich Albion Football Club is aware of an article published by The Times on Monday, June 28.
The club has sought the advice of its lawyers and will now explore all available legal options in response to the claims made by the newspaper in both its print and online editions.
Albion were approached last week by The Times and promptly responded to their queries via the club’s lawyers.
The club abides by all applicable laws and regulations concerning the transfer of the registrations of players and would not sanction a transfer that was not in accordance with such laws and regulations.
Discussions about prospective transfers, that may or may not occur for many reasons, are commonplace and are confidential. Matheus Pereira was an important member of the club throughout last season and he remains registered with the club.
The club can also confirm the claims made by The Times are in no way connected to the agreement to part company with Sporting and Technical Director Luke Dowling.
On the advice of its lawyers the club will make no further comment at this time.