Report: Saido Berahino to reject West Brom contract extension after failed Tottenham bids

Saido Berahino

Saido Berahino will reportedly snub a new contract with West Bromwich Albion.

According to the Daily Mirror, West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino intends to reject a new contract at the club, despite the possibility of a 'significant pay rise'.

Berahino, 22, has come up through the West Brom youth system, and having hit 20 goals in all competitions for the Baggies last term, the Burundi-born hitman established himself as one of the top young strikers in the Premier League.

However, those exploits in front of goal attracted plenty of interest, with Tottenham Hotspur very keen to sign him over the summer.

Sky Sports reported on deadline day almost a fortnight ago that West Brom had rejected four bids from Spurs for Berahino, who also handed in a transfer request in a bid to force a move to White Hart Lane, as confirmed on the West Brom official website.

However, the deadline passed with no deal, leaving a disgruntled Berahino to stay at The Hawthorns until at least January - and manager Tony Pulis only named him on the bench against Southampton on Saturday.

Now, The Mirror report that Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace wants to offer Berahino a bumper new contract with a huge pay rise in a bid to convince him to stay in the West Midlands - but the forward will reject that offer.

It's stated that Berahino will put himself in a strong position to force through a transfer by allowing his deal to run, potentially until its expiration in 2017.

This report should be an interesting one for Spurs, who were still pursuing Berahino even after signing South Korean international Son Heung-Min.

Berahino has a connection with Spurs star Harry Kane having played up front alongside him for the England Under-21's, and if Berahino is still keen to force a move away from West Brom, Spurs would no doubt be the favourites for his signature once again.

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