West Bromwich Albion have confirmed in a statement that they have rejected a bid from fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur for forward Saido Berahino.
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In an honest and open statement on the club website, chairman Jeremy Peace stated that “we have no interest in selling” and that letting Berahino, 22, join Spurs is “not on our agenda.”
Below is the statement in full as Tottenham look to bolster their forward line — with only a “tired” Harry Kane as a recognized striker in their squad — but may have to look elsewhere as the Baggies seem determined to not let their start striker leave the Hawthorns this summer.
West Bromwich Albion have today rejected an offer for Saido Berahino from Tottenham Hotspur.Chairman Jeremy Peace commented: “We have no interest in selling Saido which is what I have told Daniel Levy.“I know we are living in an age where no club can say ‘never’ about the possibility of selling a player.“However, the prospect of selling Saido is simply not on our agenda.“We are going forward with Saido very much in our plans and still striving to add players to improve the balance of our squad.”
The England U-21 striker has scored 29 goals in 83 games for the Baggies and he burst onto the scene last season with 20 goals in just his second full season as a pro. Berahino is tipped for the top and is on the verge of a call up to England’s national team, meaning a potential partnership with Spurs forward Harry Kane. With Tottenham struggling for strikers to help ease the burden on Kane after letting Roberto Soldado leave for Villarreal and Emmanuel Adebayor on his way out, there’s no surprise Mauricio Pochettino is going for someone like Berahino who is young, dynamic and hungry to improve.
However, the Baggies have big plans of their own for Berahino who is valued at around $45 million by the West Midlands club.