Charlie Adam believes Saido Berahino wants Tottenham move, warns Spurs about missing out

Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam believes Tottenham risk missing the boat on West Brom striker Saido Berahino.

Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam has told BBC Radio Five Live that he thinks West Brom striker Saido Berahino has his heart set on joining Tottenham.

Berahino, 22, impressed last season with 20 goals to his name, but became embroiled in one of the summer's biggest transfer sagas.

As reported by Sky Sports, Tottenham Hotspur had a total of four bids rejected for Berahino, before the striker took to Twitter to share his frustrations at not being allowed to move to White Hart Lane.

Since then, the Burundi-born hitman has been a bit-part player under Tony Pulis, scoring seven goals in all competitions, but he proved his quality against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

A pinpoint assist from Berahino led to West Brom's first goal in a 3-2 win, and he scored what proved to be the winning goal by volleying home a stunning pass from Stephane Sessegnon.

With just over a year left on his contract, there are still questions over Berahino's future - and now, Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam has had his say on the situation.

Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live, Adam admitted that Stoke were interested in signing Berahino, but thinks the striker has his heart set on joining Tottenham having come so close to signing for them last summer, especially with Mauricio Pochettino's men challenging for the Premier League title this season.

Adam also warned Tottenham over missing out on Berahino, as he thinks the player could be worth £40m if he goes elsewhere and he impresses, urging Spurs to get the deal done sooner rather than later.

"I think the thing with Tottenham is that they don't want to miss the boat, in case somebody comes in," said Adam. "They may think that he's another English talent, and if he goes and kicks on again, you're talking £40m for him. But if they miss the boat at 21 years of age, and somebody else comes in and takes him and he does really well, then they'll be thinking that they could have signed him."

"I like him, I think he's a very good player. I think we were interested in him in the January window, but I think he had his heart set on Tottenham, and I thought West Brom could have handled it a little bit better as well. He's a young kid, he wants to go and play at a higher level, as in the Champions League or winning the league, given the position Tottenham are in at the moment," he added.

Should Tottenham move for Berahino this summer?

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch