West Brom boss provides transfer update on Berahino situation

West Brom's Saido Berahino arrives before the match

West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino has been linked with Stoke City.

West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino in action

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis says he expects Saido Berahino to leave the club amid interest from Stoke City but explains a replacement must be signed first, Sky Sports report.

Berahino has been heavily linked with a move to the Potters this summer, and with his contract set to expire in 12 months' time the Baggies would be wise to cash in on him now.

The 23-year-old rose to prominence during the 2014-15 campaign when he topped West Brom’s scoring charts, prompting interest and a number of bids from Tottenham Hotspur last summer.

West Brom's Saido Berahino looks dejected after the game

However, West Brom were intent on holding on to him and ultimately fended off Spurs’ interest, leaving the forward in a tricky spot, which no doubt played a part in his lacklustre campaign last term.

Now, interest in his services has mainly come from Stoke, and Pulis admitted he expects the forward to move on before the transfer deadline, although he added that his side are not very close to securing a replacement.

"It's not quite done, that deal. The chances are that it will get done. But we'll have to wait and see. As much as I love him and our fans love him, if his heart and soul's not with us, then we have to exchange goodbyes and look to get better,” Pulis told Sky Sports.

"[But] we can't sell Saido unless we get someone in. So if we get someone in, fine, but if we can't then we'll be committing suicide if we let Saido go."

West Brom's Saido Berahino in action with Sunderland's Lamine Kone

Puis went on to add that West Brom aren’t very close to adding a new forward, suggesting that the Berahino transfer saga is likely to go on for another couple of weeks leading up to the transfer deadline.

West Brom started their season with a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace, while Stoke came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw against recently-promoted Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

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

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