West Bromwich Albion have hit out against newspaper reports that Saido Berahino is set to leave the club, insisting they have received no bids for the England international despite claims that he is on his way to Tottenham Hotspur.
The Daily Telegraph suggests that Spurs have tabled a £10m ($15.6m) bid for the 21-year-old Berahino, although it is believed that the Baggies value the player in the region of £25m.
Mauricio Pochettino has cleared the deadwood out at White Hart Lane this summer, and with Emmanuel Adabyor and Roberto Soldado seemingly on the way out as well, there is a space up front for somewhere to partner Harry Kane.
West Brom have sought to put a stop to such speculation however, with the club's official account tweeting on Tuesday 29 July: "Ok, this is getting silly now. So let us make it clear. There has been NO bid for Saido. That's it. Carry on everyone."
Berahino netted 14 goals in 38 Premier League games last season, baggubg 20 in all competitions to easily lead the club's goal scoring charts. Despite another excellent season from the youngster, former West Brom manager Alan Irvine has warned the striker is not ready for a move to a club where he will be expected to help push for a top four finish.
"Is he ready to play a huge part at a club like Tottenham who want to be challenging for the top four? Probably not yet," Irvine, who was replaced by Tony Pulis at the Hawthorns in January, told BBC Radio 5 live.
"I always said to Saido that as long as he kept focus and did the right thing then he would continue to develop. He is a player who certainly has the potential to become a very good striker. It's important that he plays. He's at the stage of his career where he needs to play regular games. He's got a talent. His movement is very good."