West Bromwich Albion risk potentially losing out on £12m because of chairman Jeremy Peace’s reported refusal to budge on Saido Berahino’s asking price.
Tottenham Hotspur had three deadline-day bids, the biggest of which was thought to be in the region of £22m, rejected for the Burundi-born striker last summer.
Sky Sports understands that Spurs, as well as Newcastle United and Stoke City, remain keen on Berahino, who has also been linked with a move to Liverpool.
White Hart Lane is said to be his dream destination, but Newcastle are apparently the club most likely to make a move for him before Monday’s 11pm transfer deadline.
But, Sky Sports adds that Peace is not prepared to sanction his sale this January despite Berahino having not started for Albion in the Premier League since October.
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Baggies manager Tony Pulis has been reluctant to use the 22-year-old, indicating that his discipline and fitness issues result from him not getting his move away.
Berahino, who has 33 goals in 100 games for West Brom, posted on Twitter after his switch to Spurs was blocked in September that he would never play for Peace again.
According to Sky Sports, Peace will not sell Berahino until his unknown valuation is met, despite the player’s value dropping because of his contract winding down.
In fact, Sky Sports claim that Peace is even prepared to allow the remaining 18 months on Berahino’s Baggies deal to expire rather than sell him a cheaper price.
Instead, he would be happy to settle for what West Brom anticipate would be a compensation sum of around £10m for a homegrown product of their own academy.
This is a stance borne out of resentment over Berahino’s lack of motivation to play for Albion, who signed him at age nine and have nurtured him for 13 years.
West Brom are seven points clear of the drop zone in the Premier League and are unlikely to be dragged into a relegation battle regardless of Berahino’s fate this window.
So surely Peace would be better off putting personal feelings aside and selling Berahino while his value remains in the £20m bracket? That would be best for business.
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