West Brom have rejected a third bid from Tottenham for Saido Berahino, Press Association Sport understands. The offer, which arrived late on Tuesday, was only marginally better than Spurs’ previous bid, which would have risen to £21 million with clauses and add-ons. The Baggies have instantly dismissed Tottenham’s third approach and remain determined to keep the England under-21 striker at The Hawthorns.
Berahino had a transfer request rejected last month with Albion angered by Tottenham’s continued pursuit of the 22-year-old. The Baggies are understood to be unhappy with Spurs’ approach to the deal which has only strengthened their resolve to keep Berahino.
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Berahino took to Twitter to express frustration with West Brom’s reluctance to sell, implying he will not play for the club again.
West Brom chairman Jeremy Pearce responded in a statement on the club’s website:
“We have a key player who has been very unsettled by antics which were designed to get him out of our club cheaply.
“Those tactics have continued despite my making our position clear in my first conversation with Daniel Levy on this subject in mid-August.
“I said selling Saido so late in the window was not on our agenda.
“Tottenham’s offers failed substantially to reflect Saido’s true value while the timing made no allowance for our own recruitment of a suitable replacement for a proven Premier League goalscorer.
“Saido has been unsettled to the point where our Head Coach has not felt able to select him for our last three games.
“We are now left with the task of repairing the damage created by this unfortunate episode.”
Spurs have been searching for more firepower to help Harry Kane and, despite signing Son Heung-min from Bayer Leverkusen, maintained their interest in Berahino.
Berahino scored 20 goals last season and earned a call-up to the England senior squad, but he missed Euro 2015 for the under-21s with a knee injury.