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Spurs target could return for West Brom on Saturday

West Brom assistant Dave Kemp admitted Saido Berahino could return for the Baggies against Stoke after his exile.

The striker was dropped again as Albion edged out Port Vale 5-3 on penalties in the Capital One Cup following a forgettable 0-0 draw after extra-time at The Hawthorns.

Saido Berahino is a wanted by Spurs. Credit: PA

"That's something we can assess between now and then, we'll see what happens as it unfolds. Once we get to next Tuesday (the transfer deadline) it'll be clearer.

"He was considered tonight but there's other stuff. This transfer window is upsetting not just to Saido but to everyone.

"He's training fine, you can imagine he's a young man and there's a lot going on and your eye might not be on the ball. You have to be totally focused to perform.

"The manager has to make a decision."

West Brom reject Berahino transfer request

Saido Berahino is staying for now. Credit: PA

West Brom have rejected a transfer request from Saido Berahino, the club have confirmed.

The forward has been heavily linked with a move to Spurs, who have had one bid for him refused.

West Bromwich Albion have received a written transfer request from Saido Berahino.

The request has been rejected and the club’s position remains unchanged from that outlined in the statement from Chairman Jeremy Peace of August 18.

– West Brom statement


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Tony Pulis says talk of crisis at Chelsea is 'a joke'

Tony Pulis is wary of facing the reigning Premier League champions despite their slow start to the season.

Pulis knows his team face a tough challenge against Chelsea. Credit: Reuters

Chelsea travel to The Hawthorns on Sunday looking for their first win of the campaign after being humbled 3-0 at title rivals Manchester City last week.

The Baggies beat Chelsea 3-0 at home at the end of last season but, even after their stuttering opening, Pulis dismissed suggestions the champions are in trouble.

He said:

There's a crisis at every Premier League team. It is a joke what you just said. A crisis after two games? This isn't a comedy show.

They could have Pedro, (Diego) Costa and (Eden) Hazard playing, that's not bad is it? They're the champions and they deserved to win it. They were so far ahead of everyone.

We know it's going to be tough. To have Man City and Chelsea as our first two home games is very difficult, plus we have the window to deal with.

– West Brom manager Tony Pulis

Spurs defender's move to West Brom breaks down

Fazio will not be joining West Brom. Credit: PA

West Brom's move for Tottenham's Federico Fazio has broken down after the deal stalled over personal terms.

The defender was at the club's training ground on Friday morning after the Baggies agreed a £5million deal with Spurs.

He passed a medical but Albion have been unable to reach an agreement with Fazio and are now actively pursuing other targets.

Press Association Sport understands the transfer could be revived as a loan deal but the Baggies are considering other options ahead of revisiting any move for the Argentina international.

Boss Tony Pulis was confident of signing the 28-year-old on Friday morning, saying: "He wants to show that he can not only compete but do well in the Premier League and I think that ambition, drive and desire is what you need in your club.

"He's been a top player for Sevilla and I think he will be a top signing for the club."

Fazio joined Spurs from Sevilla last year and played 31 times for the club last season but is yet to feature this term after the arrival of Toby Alderweireld.

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