Who said transfer rumors stopped after deadline day?
Despite not being able to make moves until the summer, reports out of England are saying that West Bromwich Albion plan to sell their star striker Saido Berahino after the season ends.
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The young forward was the subject of many transfer rumors throughout the season, but remained at The Hawthorns after the window closed.
Today, The Telegraph is reporting that the club has scrapped moves to work out a new contract and have no plans for Berahino in their future.
Among a string of incidents, it is reported that the club is upset over a recent interview Berahino did with Sky Sports, in which he said he had plans of “moving on to bigger things.” Below is an excerpt from the interview.
I’m taking care of my short-term goals right now and if I keep scoring goals and doing well for West Brom, I know the future will be bright for me and I’ll go a long way.
I need to stay focused on what I’m doing right now, which is scoring the goals and keeping West Brom in the Premier League.
If I can keep them up and score as many goals as I can, I’m pretty sure the fans wouldn’t mind me pushing on and moving on to bigger things.”
After starting the season on a tear, his form has cooled as of late, with nine goals in 23 Premier League appearances on the year. Berahino became a crowd favorite at The Hawthorns, but based on those comments, it is clear the 21-year-old striker doesn’t plan on retiring a Baggie.
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Berahino was arrested for drunk driving earlier in the season, another off-the-field distraction the club was clearly upset with. It is also rumored the young striker has angered some elder teammates with his actions and attitude throughout the year.
Only 21-years-old, it is clear Berahino could be a star in the Premier League for years to come. But if he does not clean up his act and mature off the pitch, he might be remembered for what could have been.