Paul Merson warns Tottenham off signing Saido Berahino

Saido Berahino

Paul Merson has warned Tottenham away from signing West Brom striker Saido Berahino.

Former Premier League star Paul Merson has warned Tottenham Hotspur away from signing Saido Berahino.

Speaking to SkySports Fantasy Football Club, the ex-Arsenal midfielder explained he feels the England under-21 striker will upset the harmony in the squad.

Tottenham are in fourth place in the Premier League, and made four attempts to sign Berahino from West Brom in the summer, reported The Mail.

After his switch failed to materialise, Berahino went on strike and vented his frustration via social media, and despite apologising and be re-integrated to the squad, he has struggled so far this season.

He has scored just three goals in 15 Premier League games, of which eight have been starts, and was warned last week by boss Tony Pulis about being late to team meetings, reported The Birmingham Mail.

Merson, discussing Tottenham's needs in the transfer market, feels up front is the only position the club need to strengthen during the transfer window, but does not believe Berahino is worth the hassle.

He said: "You've got to bring someone in to sit on bench. There's talk about Berahino, or there was at start of the season, would you bring him in?

"What he's done at West Brom, there's not good vibes coming there, so if you buy him in he's going to be sitting on bench and he'll be frustrated and that'll carry through. It looks like an unbelievable team spirit there."

Berahino's transfer fee has plummeted after his poor start to the campaign and West Brom may be wishing they cashed in. The Guardian report Stoke City are weighing up a bid for his services, but does not indicate how much they will be willing to pay.

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