West Brom news: Frank Berahino exchanges, Pulis raves about Lescott

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

The Baggies boss has nothing but praise for the Aston Villa defender, while players made their feelings clear about the 22-year-old's failed Spurs move.

In a round-up of Saturday morning's West Brom news ahead of their Premier League derby clash with Aston Villa, Tony Pulis has had plenty to say with regards to both Saido Berahino and Joleon Lescott.

According to the Daily Star, Pulis has revealed details of a frank meeting between the West Brom squad and Berahino over his failed Tottenham Hotspur move, where the squad ultimately forgave the youngster for his actions.

Berahino's willingness - and subsequent failure - to move to Tottenham wasn't the main item on the agenda but it certainly came up, with Pulis explaining that his team-mates were allowed to express their feelings clearly towards the 22-year-old:

"There was a meeting with Saido and all the players and they've had free rein. Everyone was there. It wasn't a meeting just about Saido. It was a meeting with the players when Saido got mentioned.

"The players know he's a good player. We just want to get him back to what he was before the transfer window opened."

Meanwhile, the Welshman has had nothing but praise for Aston Villa centre-back Lescott, who left the Baggies for Villa Park on Deadline Day:

Pulis is quoted as saying by the Birmingham Mail: "Joleon was fantastic, he had a great year here. I thought he was a wonderful player and a wonderful lad.

"I got on very well with him. You’d have to speak to Joloen to find out what the real reasons were. Villa were interested, he wanted to go, Villa wanted him, that was it, that was fine."

Pulis's comments certainly paint a very contrasting picture when it comes to how Berahino and Lescott behaved when they wanted to leave West Brom.

The latter got his Aston Villa move and it's clear to see why no one stood in his way - and without any hard feelings.

Tottenham missed out on the 22-year-old, though, and much of it will have been to do with how he handled things. Granted, these were two different situations, with West Brom wanting to hang on to a younger player worth far more financially. But a more sensible approach from Berahino may well have made a difference.

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