Stoke target Berahino rejects new Baggies deal to force exit

Date published: Monday 11th July 2016 2:11

Saido Berahino: West Brom forward hoping to leave

West Bromwich Albion’s attempts to tie down want-away striker Saido Berahino have failed as the player has rejected a four-year deal to stay at The Hawthorns.

The England U21 international has one year left on his current contract, and is on a £15,000-a-week salary.

According to The Sun, West Brom had offered Berahino a £40,000-a-week pay rise to stay at the club, which he has declined.

Stoke City and Crystal Palace have been credited with interest in the player, although the London club’s pursuit may depend on the situation surrounding Christian Benteke.

Jeremy Peace wants £20million for the striker, and if he walks away at the end of his contract then Albion will just be entitled to compensation which is not likely to match this valuation.

Berahino started just 17 league games last season, scoring seven goals with just four coming in the Premier League, and spent five months sat on the bench.

Baggies boss Tony Pulis spoke in March about the situation surrounding the 22-year-old.

“If you say to Jeremy that he’s got to do something, he’s one of them that’ll dig his heels in and be really bloody minded and stubborn, but that’s the way he is,” said Pulis.

“The fact of the matter was that he had a price and a value for Saido and irrespective of the price that was offered even late on, I don’t think Jeremy though it was the right thing for the club. And like I say, once he makes his mind up, I don’t think you can sway him to go either way. He sticks with it.”


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