Pulis believes Berahino won't speak to Jeremy Peace after rejected Tottenham bids

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

Tony Pulis believes Saido Berahino will play for West Brom again - but doesn't think the striker will talk to chairman Jeremy Peace.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has told the Daily Mail that Saido Berahino's issues lie with Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace, and not the playing staff.

Berahino, 22, has been the subject of intense transfer speculation over the last month, with Premier League rivals Tottenham closely pursuing him.

According to Sky Sports, West Brom rejected four bids from Spurs for Berahino's services, with chairman Peace keen to keep the forward at The Hawthorns following his 20-goal campaign last term.

Things have turned sour between Berahino and Peace though, with the Burundi-born hitman posting on his Twitter account that he was unhappy with his chairman - words which have since been deleted by the striker as he looks to continue his career with the Baggies.

With Berahino gearing up for his return to training with the club, manager Tony Pulis is looking to diffuse the situation, and has told the Daily Mail that Berahino's problem lies with Peace - because he feels that the chairman is using him.

"I want him to come back and to draw a line under it. It will be difficult to integrate him into the group and to get him to concentrate but that's my job," said Pulis. "I don't think he will talk to Jeremy. The problem is that he thinks he is being used."

"If you look at the club, Jeremy has sold players when it has suited him. Look at Shane Long, he sold him at a time when the club was left without a recognised forward. I think Saido thinks he is just looking at finances all the time. I think his tweet was aimed at the chairman more than the players, management, staff, supporters of the club. His gripe is with Jeremy - as far as I'm concerned, he will play for West Brom again," he added.

With Berahino still seemingly viewing his future away from West Brom, it will now be interesting to see whether Tottenham return with another bid for the striker when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Even after signing Clinton N'Jie and Son Heung-min from Lyon and Bayer Leverkusen respectively, manager Mauricio Pochettino still needs reinforcements to help Harry Kane in attack - and Berahino's relationship with Kane from playing together with the England Under-21's could tempt Pochettino into yet another move for Berahino in the New Year.

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