West Bromwich Albion are consigned to selling Saido Berahino to Tottenham Hotspur should the north London club match their valuation of the striker. Manager Tony Pulis wants to keep the 22-year-old despite his infrequent role this season but is realistic over the Baggies' chances of holding on to their leading forward.
Since handing in a transfer request in an effort to force through a move, Berahino has been on the periphery of the West Brom first team. After scoring 20 goals during the 2014-15 campaign, Berhaino has netted just three times during the first half of the term.
Pulls has continually criticised Berahino's temperament and claimed he was "lucky" to make the bench for the 1-0 win over Newcastle United on 28 December. Heading into the January window during which Tottenham are, according to The Daily Mail, expected to reignite their interest in the player, Pulis is consigned to losing Berahino if the right bid is made.
"It's the window so everybody is talking about his future again, which we've had for three windows now," Pulis said, according to Sky Sports. "I was asked that question [whether I want Berahino to stay] two windows ago and I said exactly the same.
"The club would love to keep him. It's like selling a house. If someone comes along and makes an offer that's too good to turn down, you don't turn it down. But three parties have to agree it – that's the two clubs and the kid. If it happens I'm sure you'll be well informed."
Berahino has endured a tough first half of the campaign, having been unable to recapture his best form since the frenzied speculation regarding his future. Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp therefore says a move for the striker would be a "gamble".
"They're talking about the boy at West Brom, but I'm not sure about him," he told Talksport. "It would be a bit of a gamble. His attitude doesn't seem the greatest and you don't need that. There's a great spirit at Tottenham, a great group of young players all pulling for each other and the manager has done a fantastic job. You don't want to take any chances and disrupt that really."