West Brom reject Berahino's transfer request

The Baggies have confirmed that the unsettled 22-year-old – who played no part in Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Chelsea – has formally asked to leave the club this summer

West Brom have confirmed they have rejected a transfer request from striker Saido Berahino amid persistent interest from Tottenham.

The Baggies revealed that they had turned down a bid from Spurs for the unsettled 22-year-old last week and insisted that he remained key to the club’s plans.

Berahino was then omitted from West Brom’s matchday squad for Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Chelsea at the Hawthorns, with boss Tony Pulis subsequently admitting his striker had been unsettled by the speculation surrounding his future.

And the club have now confirmed that they have turned down a formal request from the 22-year-old to be allowed to talk to clubs interested in signing him before the transfer window slams shut on Thursday September 3.

“West Bromwich Albion have received a written transfer request from Saido Berahino,” read a statement on the club’s website.

“The request has been rejected and the club’s position remains unchanged from that outlined in the statement from Chairman Jeremy Peace of August 18.

“There will be no further comment.”

Pulis has already moved to bolster West Brom’s attacking options this summer with club-record signing Salomon Rondon and England international Rickie Lambert arriving at the Hawthorns.