West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke has rubbished speculation that striker Saido Berahino will be making a move to Chelsea in the January transfer window.

The Burundi-born 20-year-old has caught the eye of the Blues bosses this season, with five goals in seven matches on the back of an impressive run of form.

His hat-trick on his first club start against Newport County saw the Baggies stroll to a 3-0 victory in the Capital One Cup in August, and he has since become an important part of the first team.

The England Under-21 player has allegedly caught the attention of Jose Mourinho, but manager Clarke has dismissed the claims of a move, insisting Berahino is committed to West Brom.

"It's just speculation and the speculation is rubbish," Clarke told Sky Sports, speaking at the Asian Football Awards.

"He's under contract with West Brom until the end of next season, so we've got plenty of time to sort out Saido's future.

"He's a sensible boy. He understands that all the rewards and riches come with hard work and he has to just concentrate on his football and let other people worry about his contract situation and whatever.

"Saido has got a big future in the game and all he can do now is work hard and make sure he is still a top player in 10 years' time."

Of Berahino's five goals, he has netted against table-toppers Arsenal and Premier League champions Manchester United.

The Baggies manager has said he is pleased the striker is making the most of his first-team opportunity, admitting it has come as no surprise to see him pushing forward after his two successive pre-seasons with the first team.

West Brom will take on Stoke next Saturday in their Premier League clash at the Britannia Stadium - their last meeting resulted in a goalless draw back in March.

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