Saturday 22 October 2016

Tony Pulis thinks Saido Berahino transfer window "circus" could go the distance

Published 22/01/2016 | 14:51

West Brom have had no bids for Saido Berahino this month
West Brom have had no bids for Saido Berahino this month

West Brom boss Tony Pulis insists the club have yet to receive a bid for striker Saido Berahino during the January transfer window.

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Berahino's future has been uncertain since handing in a transfer request at the start of the season amid several rejected offers from Tottenham.

The rumours reignited when the 22-year-old was left out of the matchday squad at Bristol City for Tuesday night's FA Cup third round replay, before it was confirmed that he was missing through illness.

This week Spurs, along with Chelsea and Newcastle, were reported to have tabled bids but Pulis denied that such an approach had been made.

Pulis expects the speculation surrounding his joint-top goalscorer to continue until the transfer window closes on February 1.

"The present situation is the club has not received any offers at all so everything is speculation and you can't stop people talking," said Pulis at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

"I'm more disappointed for Saido. I told him at the beginning of the window the circus starts again.

"If something happens, something happens and he understands that from the last window.

"Unless he's sold now, tomorrow or the next two days it could go to the deadline - it's a good story."

Berahino has recovered from his bout of illness and will be back in contention against midlands neighbours Aston Villa at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

"He's okay and fit," said Pulis. " He'll be okay for tomorrow. He had a tummy bug - a couple of the lads had it - obviously Rick [Lambert] missed a game from it.

"I couldn't involve him in the cup game which was a shame because I probably would have started him.

"But it's the window again and him on all the back pages. We play Villa in a massive game and we're not talking about the game.``

Pulis described his squad as "threadbare" as injuries mount ahead of the derby clash.

Chris Brunt (calf), Jonas Olsson (hamstring) and Darren Fletcher (knee) look to set to miss out on Saturday alongside long-term absentee James Morrison, who will be absent for around two months with a hamstring injury.

Sebastien Pocognoli, who replaced Brunt against Bristol City in midweek when he went off injured, and Victor Anichebe could keep their places in the team as Albion attempt to complete a league double over Villa for the first time in 42 years.

Pulis added: "Back then I was at Bristol Rovers as a young kid. I would have been close to signing my first professional contract."

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