New West Brom manager Tony Pulis has insisted the club are under no pressure to sell star man Saido Berahino, according to the Telegraph,
It is thought by cashing in on the England U21 international the club would double their available transfer budget in January.
Berahino put Conference side Gateshead to the sword on Sunday by bagging four of their seven goals during the 7-0 thrashing having scored his eighth league goal of the season on New Year’s Day – only increasing an expected transfer fee.
But new boss Pulis insists the club do not have to sell the forward in order to fund the new arrivals he sees as vital in their bid to stave off relegation.
He said: “If a top club comes for him in then we will sit down and talk about it. But it would take a lot of money, I think, and it would have to be one of the big clubs.
“We don’t need to sell, though. Financially, the club has been run very well and there is not a need to get the money in. We could buy and keep Berahino or we could sell him and buy a lot more. But he is our player at the moment and we hope he is going to remain our player.”
Questions were raised about Berahino’s attitude and state of mind after the Englishman failed to celebrate a single goal against lowly Gateshead – despite netting an 11 minute hat trick – with questions hanging over his head about his future and an upcoming drink driving court case also.
But Pulis dismissed any speculation claiming he had worked and managed players with worse off field issues before.
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