Alan Irvine claims Saido Berahino 'probably not ready' for Tottenham transfer

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Alan Irvine doubts whether Saido Berahino is ready for a move to Tottenham.

Former West Brom manager Alan Irvine has told BBC Sport that forward Saido Berahino isn't ready for a move to Tottenham.

Burundi-born Berahino, 21, hit 20 goals in all competitions for West Brom last season, and played the first half of the campaign under the tutelage of Irvine.

The Scot lasted just half a season at The Hawthorns before being replaced by Tony Pulis, but has clearly been keeping a close eye on Berahino's career - especially given that speculation surrounds his future.

The Mirror report that, with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino keen to land attacking reinforcements this summer, Spurs are poised to launch a £10m bid for Berahino, even though the Baggies want at least twice that amount for their former England Under-21 international.

However, his former manager Irvine has told BBC Sport that he has his doubts over whether Berahino is ready to play for a team like Tottenham at this stage of his career.

"Is he ready to play a huge part at a club like Tottenham who want to be challenging for the top four? Probably not yet," said Irvine.  "I always said to Saido that as long as he kept focus and did the right thing then he would continue to develop."

"He is a player who certainly has the potential to become a very good striker. It's important that he plays. He's at the stage of his career where he needs to play regular games. He's got a talent. His movement is very good," he added.

Ideal for Tottenham?

Spurs need to find a player who can not only fill in for Harry Kane, but play in the same team - and Berahino could be ideal for that role.

Not only have Kane and Berahino played together for the England Under-21's, but Berahino's versatility makes him perfect for what Mauricio Pochettino needs right now.

Berahino can play as a striker and run in behind defences, or he can play out wide - another area Tottenham need to improve - and case trouble as a winger.

A move to sign Berahino would improve Pochettino's options up front and on the flanks, and his familiarity with Kane would be crucial to Tottenham - if they can convince West Brom to sell him this summer.

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