West Brom coach Gerry Francis hints that Tottenham Hotspur target Saido Berahino could play this weekend

Saido Berahino

The striker has been the subject of two failed bids this week.

This week has seen Tottenham Hotspur ramp up their pursuit of West Brom striker Saido Berahino. It came after the England under-21 striker was dropped for the recent 3-2 defeat to Chelsea in the Premier League as rumours about his future continued to thrive.

It was reported by BBC Sport today that Tottenham Hotspur had seen a second bid for the player rejected by The Baggies, who stand firm on their decision not to sell the player this summer.

Berahino, who has also had a transfer request rejected by West Brom, has now been the subject of discussion for Gerry Francis. The West Brom coach has been speaking to Sky Sports about the situation, stating Berahino might even feature against Stoke City this weekend:

"It's unsettling, it's not something that's unique - lots of clubs have situations like this but it is unsettling when our star striker hasn't played for the last two games.

"He's a great young talent and he's very important for us, so it would be great to see him playing.

"There's things going on in the young man's head at the moment and Tony [Pulis] doesn't feel as though he's been in the right frame of mind but that's not to say he won't be playing at the weekend.

"Certainly he's our player and he's available [for Saturday]."

The fee for Berahino that has been rejected by the club is reported by Reuters to be in the region of £22 million.

Tottenham will therefore need to go in advance of that fee if they are to win the race for the talented attacker.

Spurs are in need of new striking options. Roberto Soldado has gone whilst Emmanuel Adebayor is an outcast – leaving Harry Kane as the only front-line option.

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