Tottenham Hotspur will break West Bromwich Albion's resolve and complete a deal to sign Saido Berahino before the end of the summer transfer window, according to former manager Harry Redknapp. Spurs have had two bids rejected for the 21 year old, who scored 20 goals in all competitions last term.
West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace and manager Tony Pulis are adamant the player is not for sale during the final week of the window, despite rival clubs striking alluring glances at the England youth international. Berahino submitted a transfer request earlier in the week in order to force through a move, but that was rebuffed by officials at The Hawthorns.
Though Tottenham have completed the signing of Clinton Njie from Lyon, manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to bring in new faces to freshen up his attack, which is looking threadbare amid Harry Kane's failure to score this term. Berahino missed West Brom's Capital One Cup third round win over Port Vale but is expected to return for their Premier League trip to Stoke City.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and Peace are at loggerheads over the deal, which is expected to dominate the news agenda until the final hours of the transfer window on 1 September. Redknapp expects the North London club to prevail in a deal that, according to the Daily Mail, could see them pay £25m for Berhaino.
"It's only a game of poker at the moment between Daniel Levy and Jeremy Peace," Redknapp told Talksport. "Jeremy Peace holds all the aces in that situation because Tottenham are desperate for a striker – he's the one they've identified, so I think the deal will happen before the deadline.
"Everything's probably all done with the player behind the scenes, he probably has a good idea about where he's going to live, even. All it is now is a game of bluff between the two chairmen, who are trying to get the best deal for their clubs.
"In this case, and in Everton's case with John Stones, the aces are held by the clubs with the players, because they are two players who are really wanted and they'll squeeze another million or two out of the deal, for sure. Spurs need something at the moment and Berahino's a good young player, there's no doubt about that.
"I think it's a good deal for both clubs and I don't think Tony Pulis is going to lose any sleep over losing him. He's got a few strikers at the club and he'll be quite happy now to take the money and not have an unhappy man at his club."