The final say over Saido Berahino’s future will be down to Baggies boss Tony Pulis.
West Bromwich Albion could decide to sell reported Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur target Saido Berahino, report the Express, but only if the deal is rubber stamped by new Baggies manager Tony Pulis, who could decide to cash in on the England Under 21 international to help fund the rebuild of The Hawthorns squad that could be retired to ensure Premier League survival this season.
Berahino has been the Baggies’ stand out performer so far this season and leads the club’s goalscoring charts, but club officials are said to have shelved plans to offer the Burundi born striker a new contract due to concerns about Berahino’s off-the-field behaviour – he has been arrested for drink driving recently and also got into trouble for inhaling a legal high.
As one of the most exciting young players in the Premier League this season, West Brom would be able to command a significant fee for a player who has come a long way from loan spells with Northampton Town and Brentford, but technical director Terry Burton has indicated that Berahino’s worth is only what a club is willing to pay for him:
“Berahino is worth what some club will pay for him. It’s like any player, if a club wants a player and they want him bad enough, if they’ve got the finances they will try and do that.”
He did also suggest that the final say on transfer would come down to Pulis – and it could be the Welshman’s decision as to whether he can do more with Berahino or the money that he would command:
“Pulis is head coach, whatever he wants we’ll make our damnedest to try and make it happen.”