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Tottenham and Manchester City BOOST as manager refuses to rule out sale of 20-goal striker

West Brom manager Tony Pulis has refused to rule out selling Saido Berahino amid interest from Manchester City and Tottenham, reports the Daily Star.

The 22-year-old scored 20 times in 45 appearances last season, although that does include a four-goal haul against non-league Gateshead in the FA Cup. However, there are questions over his future after the Baggies signed Rickie Lambert, and are now being heavily linked with completing a move for Zenit St. Petersburg ace Salomon Rondon.

“Never say never in football because you just don’t know what’s around the corner,” Pulis said, “Even with Raheem Sterling, for a while nobody thought Liverpool would sell him to a main rival and in the end they sold him. For me to say ‘we’re going to do this’, ‘we’re not going to do that’ or ‘that is set in stone’, is not going to happen.

“Who knows what is around the corner in this game? He’s a good player and we want to keep him at the club. I believe another year of playing regular football at West Bromwich Albion will make him a better player and a stronger character. but that’s my opinion.

“He’s got two years left and he’s been as good as gold around the place. At the moment he’s with us and we’re very pleased he’s with us and we’re hoping he will stay.”

Spurs are in need of a new forward to take some of the pressure off Harry Kane on the goalscoring front. They lost 1-0 to Manchester United on the opening day of the campaign, with little in the way of attacking threat on show.

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Meanwhile, the Citizens have been targeting young, English talent throughout the summer, signing Raheem Sterling form Liverpool and Fabian Delph from Aston Villa. Berahino would fit in with this policy, and Manuel Pellegrini is in need of a new striker to back up Sergio Aguero. Stevan Jovetic has left the club on loan to Inter Milan, and Edin Dzeko is close to completing a move to AS Roma [Manchester Evening News].

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