'It's absolutely ridiculous' – Pulis slams transfer window amid Berahino saga

Tottenham had a bid rejected earlier in the week, understood to be £18 million, for the striker and his manager has admitted it as been “disruptive” to player and squad

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis hit out at the transfer window system after leaving Saido Berahino out of the squad for their 3-2 defeat to Chelsea.

Berahino, the subject of a rejected bid from Tottenham earlier this week, did not feature against the Premier League champions at The Hawthorns on Sunday amid talk of an impending exit from West Brom.

The Baggies have repeatedly insisted they have no intention of letting go of the young forward and Pulis has joined a growing chorus of voices asking for the transfer window to close before the season starts.

Asked about the striker after the game, Pulis said: “Why are we talking about Saido? We’re talking about Saido because of the transfer window. The transfer window is absolutely ridiculous, for the transfer window to be going through the start of the season I find absolutely ridiculous.

“Everybody here should be talking about the game and this wouldn’t be an issue. Saido’s a great lad, it happens where it can be disruptive and it has been disruptive. I had a good chat with him yesterday [Saturday] he’s fine, there’s no problems but it’s the transfer window that causes the problems.

“Why we can’t have a system where it just finishes and then the season starts and we just talk about football, I don’t know. He’s a young lad and he needs to be protected. There’s loads of stuff going on in his mind and loads of people saying things and doing things, not just one club but about 15 clubs.

“The kid shouldn’t have this problem, nobody should have this problem. Season’s started, get on with your football, get on with concentrating on your football.”