Christian Benteke’s impending transfer to Crystal Palace means Saido Berahino is likely to stay at West Brom this season.
The Eagles agreed a £27 million fee to sign the Belgian international from Liverpool last night, according to The Guardian, heralding a successful resolution to Alan Pardew’s protracted search for a new first choice centre-forward.
Palace had a bid of around £20 million rejected for Berahino last month and had turned their attention to Benteke and Chelsea striker Loic Remy (below), who The Guardian say is available for as little as £9 million.
Therefore, the 23-year-old is likely to now remain at the Hawthorns after officially informing the club that he wants to see out the final year of his contract, according to the Daily Mail.
And West Brom manager Tony Pulis (below) today moved to dampen speculation that Berahino could still depart with just two weeks remaining in the transfer window.
"As far as I and the board are concerned, unless someone comes in with an unbelievable offer, and we have a replacement, then Saido will be going nowhere,” the 58-year-old said at a press conference ahead of West Brom’s meeting with Everton on Saturday, as reported by Sky Sports.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes admitted last week that the club had hoped to sign the England Under-21 international but talks had stalled in recent weeks with Berahino seemingly deciding to stay in the Midlands to revive a career that stalled badly last season.