Tony Pulis insists he has tremendous respect for West Brom's Saido Berahino

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Speaking ahead of a full set of midweek fixtures, West Brom manager Tony Pulis once again found himself answering questions about one player in particular - Saido Berahino.

The 22-year-old's future remains in doubt and has a number of Premier League suitors including long-time admirers Tottenham, Newcastle United and, most recently, Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool. 

The Baggies face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night and in the build up to the clash, Pulis insists he has respect for Berahino and believes he has been misadvised over the past year.


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Pundits have frequently questioned the England international's attitude and dedication ever since his infamous tweet that suggested he would never play for West Brom again, but Pulis believes his relationship with the youngster remains in tact.

He said, according to Sky Sports: "I’ve no problems with Saido. He has never held a grudge against me. I have certainly got tremendous respect for him.

"I do care for him and worry about him at times, because he is still a young lad and he can be very immature but that is the process of growing up."

"Saido took a turn for the worse but we just have to make sure we get him through it."

The ongoing transfer saga poses multiple problems for both Pulis and West Brom. On the one hand, whilst Berahino's mind appears set on a move away, it's unlikely they're getting the best out of the striker.

On the other, the lack of game time given to Berahino this season suggests it could be difficult to remain resolute on their £20 million-plus valuation of the Englishman.

The starlet is exactly the type of raw talent that Mauricio Pochettino would relish developing in his youthful Spurs side, yet the asking price is proving a stumbling block.

Newcastle, meanwhile, are desperate for attacking reinforcements and would likely stump up the cash required - whether Berahino would see a move to Tyneside as a step in the right direction is another question entirely.

And his latest suitors appear to be injury-stricken Liverpool, who are reportedly growing tired of waiting for Daniel Sturridge to return to fitness.

Klopp, however, might view Berahino as a short-term fix and could cause more problems than solve at Anfield, especially if Sturridge were to return.

How Berahino will respond to Pulis' comments calling him immature could be interesting.

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