West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino needs "protecting" from the 15 clubs interested in his services, according to manager Tony Pulis, after the 22 year old was left out of the Premier League defeat to Chelsea. Tottenham Hotspur continue to be heavily linked with the Baggies forward ahead of the 1 September deadline.
The Daily Mail understands that Spurs will make a second offer of £24m ($37.8m) to sign Berahino, having had an opening offer of £18m rebuffed by the Midlands club. Mauricio Pochettino is keen to add to his attacking options despite signing Clinton Njie from Lyon, with his side having scored just three goals in their opening three league games.
Berahino's omission from the West Brom team for the visit of Chelsea worked to swell speculation regarding the forward's future, as Tottenham attempt to force through a deal in the final week of the transfer window. Pulis, meanwhile, has become increasingly angered by the continual questions regarding Berahino, despite being three games into the campaign.
"Why are we talking about Saido? Because of the transfer window," he said of the interest shown by Tottenham, whose main striker Harry Kane is yet to score this season. "It's absolutely ridiculous. For it to be going through the start of the season is ridiculous. We should be talking about this game.
"This wouldn't be an issue, a problem. Saido is a great lad. It happens where it can be disruptive, and it has been disruptive. I had a good chat with him yesterday [on 22 August] and he's fine, no problems, but it's the transfer window. Why can't we have a system where it finishes before the start of the season.
"You'll have to wait and see, seven days. I don't think that's relevant. It's just the kid. He's a young lad who needs to be protected. There's loads of stuff going on in his mind and there are loads of clubs, not one [Tottenham] but 15, saying things and doing things. I'm not talking any more about it."