Midlands: Baggies star backed for England, Moore targets Leicester improvement

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Irvine backs Berahino for international call-up

Alan Irvine has backed West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino to be called up to England.

The front-man has been in fine form over the opening of the Premier League season and scored twice in the club's weekend win against Burnley, leaving his manager singing his praises. 

“If he keeps on playing like that and keeps on scoring goals he will get all the rewards," Irvine said to the Express and Star. "I don’t think Roy Hodgson will be looking and saying ‘he’s too young’, or anything like that."

Stoke tried to buy Riviere 

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has revealed that they attempted to buy Emmanuele Riviere this summer. 

The Potters take on Newcastle United tonight, who the French striker now plays for, and Hughes says that he could easily have been plying his trade at the Britannia. 

"We offered decent money but there has to be a feeling that the enthusiasm we have for a certain player, is reciprocated," he said to The Mag. "We did not get that from either the player or his advisers.”

Okore to play

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says that Jores Okore will be in the Claret and Blue's side soon.

The defender has had limited first-team opportunities recently after suffering with injury, but his manager is keen to give him the chance of playing. 

“He needs games and will play a part in a game very shortly," Lambert revealed to the Birmingham Mail

Moore targets Leicester improvement

Liam Moore says that Leicester City must learn to dig out victories.

The Foxes were defeated by Crystal Palace in a scrappy encounter at the weekend and Moore admits that getting points from these games is something that they need to work on. 

“Maybe we need to learn how to win ugly," he said to the Irish Examiner.

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