After sitting out yesterday’s 3-2 defeat to champions Chelsea, Saido Berahino has today shocked backroom staff at The Hawthorns by handing in a transfer request amidst rumours that the West Bromwich Albion starlet could complete a big-money move to Tottenham.
The saga surrounding the Burundi-born striker has lasted all summer and with only a week left until the end of the transfer window, deadline day will certainly be a busy one for the Baggies. The Independent reported that a bid of around £20m from Pochettino’s men was rejected as Tony Pulis looked to build a powerful front-line for the 2015-16 season.
West Brom have bolstered their front line during this window signing Venezuelan Salomon Rondon and England international Rickie Lambert but Pulis, who has continually praised Berahino’s attitude and work ethic, would have hoped Berahino would have remained unstirred following weeks of persistent rumour and kept Berahino as the spearhead of his attack.
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The news of a transfer request will only anger the Welsh manager further, who yesterday panned the transfer window and its closure on the last day of August.
Pulis slammed the transfer season, commenting: "Why are we talking about Saido? We're talking about Saido because of the transfer window. The transfer window is absolutely ridiculous, for the transfer window to be going through the start of the season I find absolutely ridiculous." The current system was also slated by Swansea manager, Gary Monk this week.
West Brom reject transfer request
Despite West Bromwich Albion stating that the transfer request was rejected, these reports will only add fuel to the fire as both Tottenham and Manchester United have looked to replace Roberto Soldado and Robin van Persie respectively.
If Berahino does leave the Hawthorns in the next seven days, it is currently unclear whether West Brom will reinvest the rumoured £25 million it would take to sign the young striker or block the movement of Brown Ideye, who also missed yesterday’s exciting match.
West Brom have already signed five new players this season but with the possible departure of Berahino, Pulis may have to add another striker to his squad, who currently have only one point and have scored two goals in three games.