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Berahino is 'back on track' as Varela exits





Silvestre Varela has left West Brom, with fellow Hawthorns misfit Sebastian Blanco likely to follow within the next 24 hours.

The Baggies have cancelled winger Varela's season-long deal from Porto, allowing him to instead move to Parma on a temporary basis. Fellow wideman Blanco is set to move to San Lorenzo in Argentina, initially on loan.

The pair joined in the summer under former head coach Alan Irvine but Tony Pulis, who replaced the Scot last month, wants to revamp his squad.

Varela has made nine appearances, scoring once, after suffering an injury-blighted spell at the Baggies while Blanco has failed to make an impact.

He signed a two-year deal after joining from Ukrainian side Metalist in the summer but has not started in the Premier League, making just five appearances in all competitions.

Pulis has seen a bid for Callum McManaman rejected by Wigan but is expected to return with a second offer. He retains an interest in Manchester United's Darren Fletcher and is expected to firm that up this week.


West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace also insists Saido Berahino (pictured) is "back on track" and reiterated the club wants to keep the striker. The England Under-21 international was banned from driving for 12-months after pleading guilty to drink driving last week.

He will be disciplined by the club for the offence, which happened in October.

But Peace has moved to draw a line under the incident and believes striker Berahino has returned to form.

"This unfortunate episode has been unsettling for the club generally and Saido specifically," he said. "The club takes seriously the charges to which Saido pleaded guilty and as a result he will be subject to the club's disciplinary procedures.

"What has been pleasing for everyone around the club has been the clear sign that Saido has responded positively to the arrival of Tony Pulis and a new coaching team and is displaying clear signs of showing that where it matters most - on the pitch.

"Tony has certainly been delighted with him and it is heartening for everyone to see a young man moving forward in the right direction again."