Report: Watford pull out of chase for WBA star Saido Berahino

West Brom's Saido Berahino in action with Leicester City's Andy King

Several Premier League clubs have been linked with the West Brom forward, but one club has reportedly stepped out of the race.

West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino in actionWest Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino in action

Watford have pulled out of the running of West Brom striker Saido Berahino, according to the Watford Observer.

The former England Under-21 star has had a difficult 12 months, with transfer uncertainty last summer leading to him struggling for confidence and game time at the Hawthorns in the previous season.

That speculation has continued into this summer, with the Hornets one of three teams who have been particularly closely linked to the 22-year-old striker since the end of the season, alongside Crystal Palace and Stoke City, report the Mail. The fact the North London outfit may have pulled out of the chase is arguably good news for both the Eagles and the Potters, and any other side who are considering making a bid.

West Brom's Saido Berahino looks dejected after the gameWest Brom's Saido Berahino looks dejected

Berahino has just 12 months remaining on his contract, so West Brom may be eager to sell in this transfer window to bring in as much money for the attacker as possible. Tony Pulis started him in just 17 matches of 31 appearances in the league, which saw Berahino score just four times - a big step down from his tally of 14 the year before.

West Brom manager Tony PulisWest Brom manager Tony Pulis

Of course, Tottenham were famously linked with Berahino last summer and this January, reportedly making a series of bids for the player, said the Guardian earlier in the year, that unsettled the Baggies forward, and leading to somewhat of a breakdown between him and the club.

Where the striker will be at the end of the current transfer window is anyone's guess, but if the Observer are to be believed, it won't be Vicarage Road, with Watford already signing forwards Isaac Success and Jerome Sinclair.

West Brom's Saido Berahino in action with Leicester City's Andy KingWest Brom's Saido Berahino in action with Leicester City's Andy King

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