As reported by the Mirror in September, Spurs made a number of offers for Saido Berahino in the summer, and Slaven Bilic has told the Standard that West Brom’s reluctance to sell the striker proves the Baggies are a big club.
Bilic said: “What West Brom did with Berahino was brilliant. West Brom resisted Tottenham over Berahino but paid £15m for Rondon. Okay, Berahino might go in January but if so West Brom will do it on their terms. That is the best way to show to everybody that you are a serious, big club.”
The forward had been linked with an exit from much of the summer, and the report confirms that Spurs made a number of approaches for Berahino on deadline day.
However, the Baggies refused to deal with Daniel Levy, and they rejected all offers, with Berahino currently part of Tony Pulis’ first-team set-up at the Hawthorns.
The Midlands side refused to be dealt a major blow by a team who are considered ‘bigger’ than they are, and in doing so, Bilic believes they have proven themselves as a big club themselves, who are taking their Premier League place serious.
The West Ham boss, speaking ahead of his side’s game against the Baggies, has admitted that Berahino could still leave in January, but it will be on West Brom’s terms, and not simply because Spurs - or a different - team wear them down with successive offers.
It is no surprise that there is interest in Berahino, given that he is young, English and one of the best natural finishers in the Premier League. West Brom want to keep him, as he is a top class talent, but even if they now lose him, they can set their own demands for the talented youngster.