Report: Reason for Berahino's West Brom absence explained; new hope for Tottenham?

Saido Berahino has reportedly been left out of the West Brom squad due to Tottenham's 'unsettling' bid.

According to the Birmingham Mail, West Brom have left Saido Berahino out of their side to play Chelsea today due to concerns over Tottenham's pursuit of the player.

Berahino, 22, smashed 20 goals for the Baggies in all competitions last season, establishing himself as one of the top young English strikers in the process.

Yet, as is often the case, Berahino's exploits have triggered interest in his signature, with speculation rife over his future throughout the summer transfer window.

West Brom confirmed on their official website earlier this week that they had rejected a bid from Tottenham for star striker Berahino, with chairman Jeremy Peace stating he had no intention of letting the Burundi-born forward leave The Hawthorns.

However, Berahino has been left out of West Brom's squad entirely for today's clash against Chelsea, sparking further rumours over his future with the Baggies.

The Birmingham Mail report that manager Tony Pulis didn't feel that Berahino's head was in the right place to face Chelsea this afternoon due to the bid from Tottenham.

Berahino's absence will now give renewed hope to Tottenham and manager Mauricio Pochettino that they can persuade West Brom into a deal before the transfer deadline.

Pulis won't want to keep an unsettled player at the club, and the huge amount of money that West Brom could get for Berahino would give Pulis more money to spend on further reinforcements.

With Tottenham needing a new forward and Berahino seemingly unsettled, West Brom's move to leave him out of today's squad may have pushed the striker ever closer to his White Hart Lane move.

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