LUTON winger Dion Pereira has become City’s first recruit of the transfer window.

Derek Adams has snapped up the 22-year-old on loan from the Championship side until the end of the season.

Watford-born Pereira, a product of the Hornets academy, is left-footed but can play on both wings or as an attacking midfielder.

Pereira said: “It is an amazing feeling to be here, and I just want to get the ball rolling and start playing.

“The gaffer has told me everything he wants from me and how I fit into the team.

“I like to bring creativity to games with assists, putting balls into the box and driving at defenders.

“As soon as I touch the pitch it is my opportunity to show the supporters what I can do and give everything for this club.

“I like pressure and am looking forward to getting going.”

The pacy Pereira made his Premier League debut for Watford against Leicester in May 2017 – when he was named the club’s young player of the season.

He joined MLS club Atlanta United the following year before signing for Luton in November 2020 after 11 months without football.

In October, he signed a short-term loan with National League Yeovil but it was cut short after just one appearance against Notts County and he was recalled by the Hatters.

Pereira penned a new deal with Nathan Jones’ side at the start of the season.

City boss Derek Adams said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Dion to our squad and are looking forward to seeing him in action.

“He can play in a range of attacking positions, including out wide or as a number 10, and has a lot of experience at a young age, with Watford, Atlanta United and Luton.

“He likes to create opportunities for other players, so it is up to us to get the ball to him and hope he can excite our supporters.”

Pereira, who will wear number 28, will join his new team-mates at training for the first time this morning.

An extra body will come in handy for City right now.

The squad is still down in numbers currently with two players self-isolating after testing positive for the virus.

Adams would not reveal their identity but Gareth Evans was not involved at all at Barrow at the weekend.

Adams added: “We’ve still got a couple of Covid cases in the squad who are not with us. It’s not gone away yet because we’ve got two players who have tested positive.

“But the players were very good back in training yesterday. They were fine health-wise and all had come through the game on Saturday.

“It was pleasing to see there were no ill-effects.”