West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis admits Tottenham Hotspur could still sign Saido Berahino during the January transfer window if the right offer comes in.
Tottenham made four attempts to sign the England Under-21 international during the summer transfer window, all of which were rejected by Baggies 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.
The 22-year-old has since struggled to reclaim a first-team role, having not started under Pulis since October. And while the Baggies boss says Berahino can eventually win his place back through hard work, he will leave it down to Peace and Levy to decide where the player's future lies.
"How long have we got until the window opens? I am going to be talking about the same old, same old, same old all the time. If Tottenham come in and they do the deal, they do the deal," Pulis told a press conference, Sky Sports reports.
"If they don't come in Saido has got to get his head down and recognise and realise he has got to work hard, get in our team and start scoring goals again.
"I'm not going to tell Daniel Levy what to do and I'm not going to tell Jeremy, if he doesn't want to sell, what to do."
Berahino has started West Brom's last six games on the bench but Solomon Rondon's three-match suspension could provide the youngster with a route back into the first team.
"We have got a tough Christmas period so the players will be played. Given the way he has trained in the last couple of days, given the opportunity, hopefully he can show what he can do.
"We have two games in three days so we would definitely rotate the squad. We will start with players at Swansea that we won't start with against Newcastle. We will certainly rotate the side."