West Brom boss keen to keep hold of 20-goal Newcastle target

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis has revealed his intentions to keep Saido Berahino at the club despite speculation of a possible exit for the striker.

The 22-year-old has been linked with a move away from The Hawthorns for some time, with an £18million offer from Newcastle United thought to have been lodged.

He was expected to feature in the recent 1-0 FA Cup third round replay against Bristol City, but was eventually ruled out with an illness.

Pulis confirmed that the striker was not feeling well heading into the game, but that he is still determined to keep hold of Berahino despite his rocky relationship with club chairman Jeremy Peace.

“I was going to play Saido tonight but he’s not been well,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.

“He’s picked up a bug that (Rickie) Lambert and a few other players have had over the last few weeks, so we’ve given him a miss.

“But we want to keep Saido if we can.”

The England Under-21 star was also a target for Tottenham Hotspur, but any switch to White Hart Lane is unlikely given a breakdown in relationship between the two sides.

He managed to net 20 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions last term and has so far featured 18 times this season, scoring four times.