West Brom warn off Berahino suitors

Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace insists that, despite talk of the striker’s ambitions and potential following his England call-up, they aim to extend his contract

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace is adamant that the club have no plans to cash in on Saido Berahino and will offer him a new contract.

The 21-year-old forward has been rewarded for fine form in the Premier League this season with his first England call-up from Roy Hodgson.

Berahino admitted on Friday that he may have to leave the Baggies in order to fulfil his Champions League ambitions but Peace is keen to reassure fans that the youngster is not being rushed out to any willing bidders.

He told the club’s official website: “I wish to assure our supporters that Saido Berahino will not be going anywhere in January or, I hope, next summer.

“It is not in our minds at all to trade a footballer the club has worked so diligently to develop.

“He is contracted to play for West Brom until at least the summer of 2017 and we are happy to sit down with him and discuss extending that commitment on terms which recognise his continuing improvement as a footballer and his growing importance to our own plans.

“We have begun that process by opening preliminary talks with Saido’s representatives.

“We are delighted that this development has now taken him all the way to the senior England squad. This reflects proudly on our club and the efforts of all the staff who have played such a key role in Saido’s progress since he arrived here as an 11-year-old.”