Talks held with striker today
CHAIRMAN Jeremy Peace today ruled out the prospect of Saido Berahino leaving Albion during this summer’s transfer window.
Peace met with the 22-year-old striker at the Club's training ground this afternoon following two rejected bids for the player from Tottenham Hotspur.
Peace said: “I have informed Saido that he will not be transferred during this summer window and that he is staying at the club.
“As I have made clear from the moment Tottenham lodged their first bid for Saido on August 18, selling our top goalscorer was never on our agenda this summer.
“Our plans have always been based on Saido being part of our squad for the 2015-16 season.
“But there are two other good reasons why he will not be sold.
“Firstly, had we ever entertained the notion of selling him we have not received an offer anywhere near attractive enough from Tottenham Hotspur.
“Not only have the offers been too low as a valuation of the player, but they have been based on stage-payments and add-ons over a long period which do nothing to reflect Saido’s ability and potential.”
The Chairman was also critical of the timing of Tottenham’s bids, beginning as they did with only two weeks remaining of the summer transfer window.
Peace added: “I have the greatest respect for Daniel Levy but he must surely appreciate we would have needed to replace Saido had he left and no consideration of that position has been reflected by Tottenham’s strategy.
“It has contributed to our completing our last two games without a key player.
“I have spoken to Saido and of course I have sympathy for him. He has been unsettled and distracted by all this and I understand that.
“But I have strongly advised him to put this behind him and get back to what he does best which is to work hard for the team and score goals for Albion.”