Tottenham Hotspur target Saido Berahino could leave West Bromwich Albion at the end of the current season, manager Tony Pulis has hinted ahead of the Premier League opener against Manchester City.
The Evening Standard has reported that Spurs are "confident" of landing the 22-year-old, who scored 20 goals in all competitions last term, before the end of the current summer transfer window.
West Brom have continually denied that any bids – rumoured to be around £10m ($15.5m) according to The Daily Telegraph – have been received for Berhaino. Pulis has now indicated that the former England Under-21 international could be allowed to leave at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, giving Tottenham renewed hope.
"At the moment, Saido is with us," Pulis told reporters, according to Goal.com. "We are very pleased he is with us and we are hoping he will stay with us. He is a good player and we want him to stay at the football club.
"I believe another year playing regular football at West Brom will make him a better player. It will make him a stronger character and better player, that is my opinion.
"Saido got injured and missed the European tournament, that was a massive disappointment for the kid. But it has given him a break and a rest so hopefully he will come back nice and fresh. He has been fresh around the place and trained very well."
Pulis has previous confirmed that Berahino is a wanted player but so far there is no evidence of an official bid being submitted, despite Tottenham being linked with the player.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino could be left short of forwards this season should Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado leave the club this summer, with Harry Kane the only remaining senior forward in the Tottenham ranks.
Berahino is expected to be involved from the start for West Brom as they face City at The Hawthorns on Monday night [10 August] as the first weekend of the new Premier League season draws to a close.