Saturday 21 July 2018

Tottenham's Saido Berahino offer not enough to tempt West Brom to accept

Saido Berahino scored 20 goals for West Brom last season
Saido Berahino scored 20 goals for West Brom last season

Tottenham will have to significantly increase their bid for Saido Berahino to convince West Brom to sell.

Spurs have not offered enough to break Albion chairman Jeremy Peace's resolve over letting the striker leave.

A second bid was instantly rejected on Tuesday and Press Association Sport understands the deal would have risen to £21million only with a series of lengthy instalments and clauses.

The offer is understood to have frustrated the Baggies and strengthened their determination to keep the England Under-21 international.

Peace said in a statement issued by the club on Tuesday: "Our position remains unchanged. The sale of this player is not on our agenda."

Berahino was again left out of the Albion squad to face Port Vale in the Capital One Cup after they rejected his transfer request on Monday.

The 22-year-old handed in a written request to leave The Hawthorns following Spurs' opening offer last week, which was also immediately dismissed.

He was also omitted from the squad for West Brom's 3-2 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday because Tony Pulis felt he was not in the right frame of mind to play.

It is understood Berahino was happy to face the champions but Pulis wanted to take him out of the spotlight.

Pulis has grown increasingly frustrated at the situation surrounding the forward and has called for the transfer window to close before the season starts to avoid unsettling speculation.

Berahino scored 20 goals last season and was called up to Roy Hodgson's senior England squad but is yet to earn a full cap.

He signed a three-and-a-half year deal at West Brom in 2013 but the club stalled on offering him new terms last season after off-field issues.

In January he was banned from driving for 12 months after pleading guilty to drink driving.

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