West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Piles has claimed he does not want to see Saido Berahino leave the club this month, with Liverpool and Tottenham both thought to be interested in the player.
It was claimed that a deal worth £23 million to take Berahino to Liverpool was all but done before the transfer window opened, while Berahino refused to celebrate scoring four goals in the FA Cup against Gateshead last week, only serving to intensify speculation about his future as he did not appear to be happy at the club.
West Brown’s sporting director Terry Burton has also said that any decision on Berahino’s future will be down to new manager Pulis.
Now Pulis is making it clear he wants to keep Berahino, rather than use the funds from his sale to reinvest in the squad. He said, “I don’t want to sell him now at all because he has been absolutely first class. The club want to keep him and we’ve had no offers for Saido.”
Of course Pulis is hardly likely to admit that he wants to sell Berahino even if he did, as that would likely have a detrimental effect on the price the club would be likely to receive.
Pulis may well be happy to work with what he has at the club, but £20 million spending money to spend on targets he may already have in mind could be a preferable scenario for the former Crystal Palace boss. Ultimately, the size of Liverpool or Tottenham’s bid and Berahino’s desire to leave will likely be the key factors in this transfer saga.