Monday 20 November 2017

Pulis firm on Berahino sale

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West Brom's Saido Berahino shoots under pressure from Bournemouth's Simon Francis. Photo: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images
West Brom's Saido Berahino shoots under pressure from Bournemouth's Simon Francis. Photo: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images
Bournemouth's Charlie Daniels battles with West Brom's Jonathan Leko at the Vitality Stadium yesterday. Photo: Christopher Lee/Getty Images
West Brom's Jonathan Leko battles with Bournemouth's Harry Arter. Photo: Christopher Lee/Getty Images
Lewis Grabban of Bournemouth is tackled by West Brom's Jonny Evans. Photo: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Nick Purewal

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has warned potential suitors they will not be able to sign Saido Berahino on a cut-price deal this summer. Berahino has been linked with a move to Watford before the start of next term, but Pulis has backed West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace to play hard ball over the striker's future once again.

Peace has refused to bow to Berahino agitating for a move in the past few transfer windows, and Pulis believes the Baggies chief will not change that stance now. Berahino is about the enter the final 12 months of his West Brom contract, but Pulis insists the club will not just let the 22-year-old leave on the cheap.

"I don't think my chairman does bargains," said Pulis, when asked if Premier League rivals are eyeing a knock-down price for Berahino. "I know they're talking about it, but you come and work with my chairman - he doesn't do bargains."

West Brom's winless Premier League run stretched to eight games with yesterday's draw. The Baggies took the lead through Salomon Rondon, only for Matt Ritchie to grab a late equaliser.

Craig Gardner missed a penalty that both Pulis and Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe said turned the tie. West Brom boss Pulis added: "We've not got the results we've deserved in the last five or six games, without a shadow of a doubt. Obviously we needed Gards to score, and if it goes to 2-0, I think we go on and comfortably win the game."

Bournemouth boss Howe hailed goalkeeper Artur Boruc for his smart penalty save. "It was an outstanding save. It was a massive moment for us because if we'd gone down 2-0 it might have been a bridge too far."

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