Odemwingie explains surprise reason why failed Tottenham move will disappoint Berahino

Saido Berahino

Peter Odemwingie says Tottenham would have been a 'big step forward' for Saido Berahino.

Stoke City forward Peter Odemwingie has told Match of the Day 2 Extra that Saido Berahino will be disappointed not to have signed for Spurs, as they are a club who sell players to Real Madrid.

Berahino, 22, was a prime target for Spurs over the summer, but Sky Sports reported on deadline day that West Brom had rejected four bids from Tottenham for the striker's services, with chairman Jeremy Peace refusing to sell his star man - much to Berahino's annoyance.

Former Baggies team-mate Odemwingie also tried to force his way out of The Hawthorns in January 2013, as The Independent reported that the Nigerian international unsuccessfully attempted to sign for Queens Park Rangers - with Peace again standing in his way.

There is therefore no player better qualified to discuss Berahino's frustration at not being allowed to join up with his former England Under-21 strike partner Harry Kane at Spurs - but has explained a surprise reason why the Burundi-born forward will be disappointed.

Speaking on BBC's Match of the Day 2 Extra, Odemwingie says that Spurs selling players to Real Madrid recently will have been a big lure for Berahino, with Tottenham representing a 'big step forward' and possibly a route to bigger and better things, having seen Gareth Bale and Luka Modric leave White Hart Lane for Real Madrid in recent years.

"I wasn't surprised, I knew it was going to be difficult for him to get the move, being the highest goalscorer at the club" said Odemwingie. "Of course, he will be disappointed because Spurs are a team that sell players to Real Madrid, it's a big step forward for him - you can understand why any player at West Brom would want a move like that," he added.

Bale and Modric had both proven themselves as consistent Premier League stars during their time at Tottenham, and Berahino has yet to really show himself as a top flight star.

A move to Spurs may have given him more time in the spotlight, and he does have huge potential, but Odemwingie may be jumping the gun somewhat by mentioning Real Madrid in Berahino's transfer saga.

Right now, Berahino must focus on his career with West Brom rather than dreams of Spurs or even Real Madrid, and the only way to prove himself to those clubs is by continuing to score goals under Tony Pulis.

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