England U21 striker could quit the Baggies for free next summer.
West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke wants the Baggies to tie rising star Saido Berahino down to a new long-term contract as soon as possible as interest in the player from a number of big-name Premier League clubs starts to mount, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The exciting England Under-21 international has enjoyed a sensational start to the new season for the west Midlands outfit, culminating in an eye-catching solo goal against Premier League champions Manchester United at Old Trafford earlier this month, as the in-form visitors recorded a famous 2-1 win at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’.
However, with Berahino’s current deal at the Hawthorns set to run out on June 30 2014, and the 20-year-old presently earning just £850 per week at West Brom, the Baggies manager is said to be fearful of losing his star man to a more wealthy Premier League rival, either when the winter transfer window finally opens again for business in the year in January, or as seems more likely, on a free transfer come the end of this campaign.
Berahino, who is believed to be interesting the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton, has so far managed to score five goals in just six matches in all competitions for West Brom this season.