Tottenham have had an undisclosed bid for West Brom star Saido Berahino rejected today, according to Sky Sports.
The 22-year-old enjoyed a fruitful season in 2014/15, scoring fourteen goals, and has been linked with a move to White Hart Lane amongst other destinations throughout the summer, but the Baggies’ chairman Jeremy Peace has no intention to sell the England U21 forward.
“We have no interest in selling Saido which is what I have told [Spurs chairman] Daniel Levy.
“I know we are living in an age where no club can say ‘never’ about the possibility of selling a player.
“However, the prospect of selling Saido is simply not on our agenda.
“We are going forward with Saido very much in our plans and still striving to add players to improve the balance of our squad.”
Berahino has not enjoyed a good start to the season however, failing to score in West Brom’s opening two fixtures against Manchester City and Watford, missing a glorious chance towards the end of the latter game.
Questions have arisen of whether Berahino has his full focus on succeeding with his current team. Could his poor form be any indication of his wish to leave the club?
For now, it looks like the former Northampton Town loanee will have to contend with being the main player in a struggling team, opposed to striving to challenge for a Champions League place with Spurs.
His manager, Tony Pulis, has said that it would take an ‘unbelievable offer’ for the club to part with one of their stars, having added Salomon Rondon for £12m to partner Berahino.
“If there’s an unbelievable offer for Saido then nobody turns it down. Tottenham didn’t turn it down for [Gareth] Bale, Manchester United never turned it down for [Cristiano] Ronaldo, you just don’t do it,” he said.
“To say he’s not going to go is wrong for me, but it’s going to have to be something special. We don’t want him to go, I personally don’t think it’s right for him to go. He’s playing regularly here and he’s almost the main man.”
Is there too much hype about the ability of Berahino, or should the player be considered as a serious prospect to become of the Premier League’s leading strikers in the future?