Pulis: Berahino will benefit from West Brom stay

The 22-year-old is reportedly a target for Tottenham, with the Baggies moving to deny any offers had been made, and his manager wants to see him remain with the club for now


Tony Pulis is confident reported Tottenham target Saido Berahino will stay at West Brom this summer.

Spurs are reportedly ready to test the Baggies’ resolve with a bid, with Mauricio Pochettino keen to add the England Under-21 international to his ranks after 20 goals in all competitions last term.

The ongoing speculation led West Brom to issue a denial that any offers have been received, and Pulis feels Berahino would benefit from another year at the Hawthorns alongside new signing Rickie Lambert.

“At the moment, Saido is with us,” he told reporters. “We are very pleased he is with us and we are hoping he will stay with us. He is a good player and we want him to stay at the football club.

“I believe another year playing regular football at West Brom will make him a better player. It will make him a stronger character and better player, that is my opinion.

“Saido got injured and missed the European tournament, that was a massive disappointment for the kid. But it has given him a break and a rest so hopefully he will come back nice and fresh.

“He has been fresh around the place and trained very well.”

Pulis acknowledged that West Brom – who are rumoured to be closing in on a club-record deal for Zenit striker Salomon Rondon – are in need of more quality up front and feels Lambert’s experience will be beneficial.

He added: “Last year, we relied a lot on Saido’s goals. Rickie has a really good goalscoring record and we are hoping he will add to what Saido did last year.

“He will give us another threat. Rickie is a senior player and good character as well. I think Saido will learn a lot off him.”