Tony Pulis explains how Tottenham transfer saga affected Saido Berahino

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West Brom striker Saido Berahino has caught in a long-running transfer saga with Tottenham over the summer.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has told the Daily Mirror that Tottenham's interest in striker Saido Berahino has a major effect on the player.

Berahino, 22, has come up through the ranks at The Hawthorns having emigrated from his native Burundi as a child, and has established himself as one of the top young strikers in the Premier League.

With 20 goals in all competitions last season, Berahino enjoyed a fruitful campaign, and those exploits in front of goal triggered plenty of interest in his signature.

As reported by Sky Sports, Premier League rivals Tottenham made a total of four bids for Berahino as they desperately tried to lure him to White Hart Lane, but the Baggies flat out refused to sell the forward, leaving Spurs frustrated.

Since then, Berahino has attempted to put the confusion over his future behind him, and with three goals in his last four games, the forward has certainly impressed of late.

Now, with the Baggies preparing for a trip to Norwich City later today, manager Pulis has told the Daily Mirror that the transfer saga had a real negative impact on Berahino, both mentally and physically - but believes the former England Under-21 international is now focused on life with West Brom.

"I think mentally and physically," said Pulis when asked how the saga affected Berahino. "But he has got his head down the last couple of weeks and we have got him back on board. Now it has all settled down and the dust has settled he can see more clearly now."

"The most important thing for him now is to concentrate on his football and concentrate on really getting to a level which will get Roy [Hodgson, England manager] interested in him," he added.

A January move from Tottenham for Berahino wouldn't be a huge shock considering that Mauricio Pochettino still needs another striker, but the Baggies are likely to play hardball again - so get ready for another transfer saga in the new year if Berahino continues to find the back of the net.

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