West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace is speaking out on the Saido Berahino saga.
The young striker remains at the Hawthorns despite multiple bids from Tottenham Hotspur, and Berahino is unsettled by his failure to move to the London club.
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Berahino, 22, saw his transfer request rejected by Peace, and lashed out Tuesday when a move to Spurs failed to materialize before the 1 p.m. ET deadline.
And Peace was ready to clarify. From the BBC:
“We have a key player who has been very unsettled by antics which were designed to get him out of our club cheaply.
“Those tactics have continued despite my making our position clear in my first conversation with Daniel Levy on this subject in mid-August.
“I said selling Saido so late in the window was not on our agenda. Tottenham’s offers failed substantially to reflect Saido’s true value while the timing made no allowance for our own recruitment of a suitable replacement for a proven Premier League goalscorer.
“Saido has been unsettled to the point where our Head Coach has not felt able to select him for our last three games.We are now left with the task of repairing the damage created by this unfortunate episode.”
To say they need Berahino unsettled in a hurry is an understatement, and the striker is known for being mercurial.
But what does this say about Levy, who seemingly hung his hat on money being able to solve the problem. If Peace really did make it clear that Berahino wouldn’t be moving, his ego messed with Spurs’ strike corps.
West Brom has four points this season, one a draw with newly-promoted Watford and three from a slim win against 9-man Stoke City. Peace and manager Tony Pulis have their hands full.