West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis has told reporters in Friday’s press conference that Saido Berahino will not be sold to Watford.
What’s the latest?
It is difficult to think back to a transfer window when Berahino was not linked with a move away from The Hawthorns.
In the past, Tottenham Hotspur were rumoured to be suitors, while Stoke City have regularly been sniffing around the England Under-21 international.
This month, a potential swap deal which would see Watford forward Odion Ighalo go to West Brom and Berahino move to Vicarage Road was mooted, according to The Mirror.
However, Pulis has rubbished the rumours, telling reporters: “I don’t see that one [happening].”
The 59-year-old also suggested that a move could still go ahead for Berahino in this window by claiming “we’ll see what happens” over the next 11 days.
What is Berahino’s best option?
The striker has had a difficult few seasons with West Brom – he fell out with chairman Jeremy Peace after he was refused a move to Tottenham.
This season, Berahino has struggled for form due to injury and fitness issues, which has restricted his Premier League appearances to just four, three of which were starts.
The Baggies have done well to keep hold of the striker over the past few transfer windows, but from the player’s perspective he needs game time in order to get back on track.
Stoke are a club that could offer minutes to the 23-year-old, who will hope to rediscover the form that netted him 20 goals in all competitions during the 2014-15 campaign.