Gerry Francis admits desire to see Berahino stay at West Brom

West Brom’s Berahino has been linked with a move to Newcastle United.

Speaking to Sky Sports, West Brom coach Gerry Francis has admitted that he would prefer to see Saido Berahino remain with the Baggies beyond the end of the January transfer window.

Francis said: “From our point of view, a top quality, fit Berahino would only benefit West Bromwich Albion. I don't think we will be too disappointed if he is still there [when the January transfer window closes] but you just don't know what's going to happen.

The Chronicle have claimed that Newcastle United are hoping to sign Berahino this month, with Steve McClaren plotting an ambitious swoop for the young striker.

Having failed to secure a move away from the Hawthorns over the summer, Berahino remained with West Brom, and has since played 17 Premier League games.

He has only scored three goals, and has started only eight of the games he has played, with it looking like a move away from the club is likely.

It is apparent that the 22-year-old has no real desire to stay with the Baggies, but Francis has admitted that keeping the striker at the club is in their best interests.

When on form he is a prolific striker, and that is the kind of player which is hard to find for a Premier League club.

Berahino may leave West Brom this month, but if they keep ahold of him and get him back to form, the Baggies have a real top class player on their hands.

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