Paul Merson grades West Brom signings, predicts Pulis disappointment over Berahino

Saido Berahino

Paul Merson believes West Brom will be disappointed

Pundit Paul Merson has told Sky Sports that he believes West Brom's transfer business was 'pretty good' this summer - but believes manager Tony Pulis will be unhappy with Saido Berahino's saga.

The Baggies ended the transfer window having brought in seven new signings, with Tony Pulis working to retool his squad for the season.

Goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, defenders Jonny Evans and James Chester, wingers James McClean and Serge Gnabry, as well as strikers Jose Salomon Rondon and Rickie Lambert have all arrived at The Hawthorns, giving Pulis more options as he embarks on his first full season in charge of the club.

However, deadline day was marred by the confusion surrounding Saido Berahino's future. The 22-year-old striker smashed 20 goals for the Baggies last season, and is the latest success to come out of the West Brom youth setup.

Those exploits triggered interest in his signature though, and Sky Sports suggest that West Brom rejected four bids from Tottenham for the Burundi-born forward, with Berahino then threatening never to play for West Brom again after his move to White Hart Lane had been blocked.

Now, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson says that West Brom's business has been impressive this summer - but believes manager Pulis will be disappointed that he didn't get the funds to use from a potential Berahino sale.

"What they have brought in looks pretty good, but I think the manager might be disappointed that they have ended up keeping Saido Berahino because they could have got a lot of money in for him," said Merson. "I am going to give them a B because Salomon Rondon looks like a good signing, Jonny Evans has played for a big club, Serge Gnabry is a decent player and Rickie Lambert has plenty of experience," he added.

Pulis must now persevere with Berahino, and figure out how to get the striker back on board after a confusing deadline day for the striker - and if he can get him back amongst the goals, Pulis certainly won't be disappointed to have kept him at The Hawthorns.

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