West Brom manager Tony Pulis insists it is not an inevitability that Tottenham Hotspur target Saido Berahino will leave the club, adding the Baggies will hold onto the player until his valuation is met in full.
Tottenham made four attempts to sign the England Under-21 international during the summer transfer window but saw each of their bids rejected by West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace. Peace later criticised the North London side and his Spurs counterpart Daniel Levy for the timing of the offers, while Berahino himself vowed never to play for the club again following the saga.
Berahino has since struggled to impose himself on the first-team this season as a result, having not started under Pulis since October. Pulis admits there is still every possibility of the 22-year-old striker leaving the Hawthorns during the January transfer window, but has warned any club must be ready to pay up.
"I don't think it is inevitable (he will go)," Pulis said ahead of West Brom's Boxing Day defeat to Swansea City, Sky Sports report. "It is up to the chairman and people. If you are buying a house, the buyer has to put the right offer in and the one who is selling has to accept that offer. There is always a price for people and always a price people will go to. But that doesn't mean the deal is going to be done."
Berahino has now started the club's last seven games on the bench. While the summer row between the player and his club and has since died down, Pulis says he has never seen a player more affected by speculation over his future as much as his young striker.
"It is the first time I have had to manage this situation," he continued. "I have been in management a long time, but it is the first time someone has had that opportunity and has not gone and then he has just faded away as much as Saido has.
"I am not blaming the kid one bit about that, it is just the way it has been. Obviously, with the press focusing on what he is going to do and what he is not going to do, it is going to point the gun firmly at him again. He has got to make sure that he gets his head in gear and performs well. You can't condemn people."