Stuart Pearce explains why he hopes Saido Berahino leaves West Brom

Stuart Pearce says he hopes Saido Berahino leaves West Brom for his own sake, with Newcastle among teams interested.

Former England international Stuart Pearce says he hopes Saido Berahino leaves West Bromwich Albion.

Pearce explained to Sky Sports that this is for the striker's own sake, believing he will be incredibly frustrated to be kept by the club.

His comments made to SkySports HQ were reported by their live transfer blog at 10.18am.

He said: "He will be on and off his phone to his agent all morning and I hope from Saido's point of view that he will have left West Brom, because if he's still there come 11pm he'll be a very disappointed young man."

Newcastle United made an offer of £21 million to sign Berahino, the BBC reported, with West Brom rejecting the offer.

Berahino netted 14 Premier League goals last season but has only three this campaign, struggling to win a regular starting spot.

This has been because of his poor reaction to missing out on a move to Tottenham Hotspur on deadline day last summer, and Pearce evidently fears history repeating itself, and for the benefit of club and player, would like to see both move on.

West Brom have so far given no indication they are willing to sell Berahino today.

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