West Brom refused to sell Saido Berahino to Spurs over the summer transfer window, and speaking to the Birmingham Mail, director of football Richard Garlick has explained why all four offers were rejected.
He said: “There was a question asked about Berahino about his availability to which the chairman said that we weren't interested in selling him. Three days later there was an official offer from Tottenham which was not acceptable, it was way off the mark was just rejected out of hand.
“It wasn't until deadline day that we received a third offer in the morning and then a final offer in the mid afternoon. By which stage nether was the offer or the structure acceptable and we were completely left without being able to get a replacement in for a player.”
It is common knowledge that Spurs were going all out to bring in Berahino before the close of the transfer deadline, but their final two offers on deadline day were rejected for two reasons.
Garlick has confirmed that the payment structure of the deal was not in favour of West Brom, despite the Mail claiming that Spurs offered £25 million upfront. They actually were only willing to pay a portion of the fee to begin with, and would then place a number of clauses in the deal should Berahino perform to a certain level.
This would not work for West Brom, who wanted to be able to invest the cash immediately.
The other problem Garlick highlights which factored into the rejection is that Spurs left their bids too late.
The Baggies would not have been able to bring in a new striker if they had sold Berahino on deadline day, and this inability to find a replacement meant that West Brom rejected Tottenham’s offers immediately.