West Bromwich Albion are readying themselves for a clutch of clubs looking to place opportunistic bids for their wonderkid prospect Saido Berahino in the upcoming transfer window.
Berahino has been in hot form this season, scoring six goals from 23 shots in eight Premier League appearances thus far this campaign, while also contributing four key passes for his team-mates.
"There's a bit of time to go between now and then, but if he continues to do what he is doing other clubs will come in and test the water," said manager Alan Irvine, as quoted by Sky Sports.
"That will come down to what the chairman [Jeremy Peace] wants to do," Irvine added, potentially opening up the door to the room containing the negotiating table. "But the club is in such a good position we don't need to sell.
"I think the chairman will make the right decision," he noted. "I wouldn't like to see Saido go, but I have to be realistic as I know what the possibility is.
"Our chairman is very strong and will only do what is in the best interests of the club, and we will have to see whether it comes to that. If things change for Saido and he's done a good job for West Brom, we'll be happy.
"I'll be delighted if we're still talking about Saido at the end of the season."
On what makes the prospect stand out, Irvine said: "His movement is very good. I expected him to score when through on Monday and he's going in the right direction.
"He's got plenty of things to improve, but with his attitude and the way he is living his life I think he can only get better and better."
Out of all the clubs speculatively-linked with a move for Berahino, it is seemingly Tottenham Hotspur's whose interest is most piqued.