West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has failed to confirm that want-away striker Saido Berahino will remain at the Hawthorns beyond the close of the transfer window, in a press conference posted on the club's official website.
When asked if he was sure that the 22-year old would be a part of his squad for the rest of the season, the Baggies boss replied: “I don’t know, we’ll have to wait and see.
"I wasn’t in the discussions with Saido and haven’t seen him since. I’ll have a chat with him. I’ll never say never until it's closed and factual. I can’t answer for the chairman. If he has said that then he has said that."
It comes after two bids from Spurs were rejected, with Peace citing too low a valuation, the structure of payments and the timing of the approach as reasons for the refusal.
A deal would appear to be dead in the water following the chairman’s statement, but the uncertainty of Pulis’ response suggests an element of doubt still lingers at the club.
Despite Peace’s claim to the contrary, if Spurs were to return with a higher bid of a more favourable structure before Tuesday, it’s possible a deal could still be done.
Berahino has made his feelings clear and harbouring an unhappy player for at least half a season isn’t advisable for any club.
Meanwhile, the Baggies have brought in Salomon Rondon and Rickie Lambert already and wouldn’t be left particularly light in the event of Berahino’s exit.
The West Brom squad as a whole is also in need of reinforcements,and the money received would go a long way towards improving in other positions, if a deal can get pushed through quickly enough.