Danny Murphy left perplexed by Berahino stay

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The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and BBC Football pundit has questioned West Brom's decision to keep hold of the England under-21 international.

West Brom's decision to turn down Tottenham's offer for 22-year-old striker Saido Berahino has left former Lilywhites midfielder  Danny Murphy confused.

Speaking on the BBC Sport website, the one-time Liverpool and Fulham star admitted that, while Berahino's behaviour could be called into question, the Baggies may have made a serious mistake in not cashing in on the forward.

Berahino has already attracted some criticism after appearing to hit out at West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace on Twitter, after he rebuffed Spurs' advances for the England Under-21 international.

Tottenham's bid for the forward was believed to be some way below the valuation the Midlands club had placed on the homegrown talent.

But while Murphy was critical of Berahino's outburst, he also admitted that he was slightly baffled by West Brom's decision, given their recent dealings.

"It will be very difficult for Saido Berahino but you have to toe the line and be professional and conduct yourself in the right way,” he said.

"I don't understand the logic of keeping him. West Brom have already got a replacement in [Solomon] Rondon. What is the advantage?"

Berahino has scored 29 goals in 83 games for the Baggies, including 20 in 45 games for the Hawthorns club last term.

He was also named England under-21 player of the year for 2014.

His future with West Brom, however, now looks uncertain after manager Tony Pulis opted to leave him out of his starting line-up in each of the team's last three fixtures.

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