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Tony Pulis drops huge hint Saido Berahino will be sold by West Brom

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Albion boss Tony Pulis has dropped a huge hint that Saido Berahino will be sold in this transfer window.

The 23-year-old was left on the bench for today's drab goalless draw with promoted Middlesbrough at The Hawthorns.

He was only brought onto the pitch because 17-year-old Jonathan Leko picked up an injury five minutes after coming on for James McClean.

When the Baggies head coach was asked why the striker was benched, he said: "You'll see in the next 48 hours hopefully."

"That's going to be another topic of conversation during the next few days," he added.

Both Stoke City and Crystal Palace have made bids in the region of £20million for the want-away striker this summer, although Palace have since signed Christian Benteke from Liverpool for £32m.

Mark Hughes still wants to take the young striker to the Potteries but Albion have been unwilling to part with Berahino until they replaced him with another forward.

The Baggies continue to work on three major signings that they hope to complete before the window shuts on Wednesday. And Pulis is expecting a busy few days.

"I hope so, the players as much as anybody else need to see a few coming in," he said. "Not just any players, but players with quality.

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"We're the top team in the West Midlands and that's where we want to stay, to do that we need to get some players in."

There were boos at the final whistle of today's goalless draw as Albion's dreadful home run continued.

The Baggies have only picked up two points from the last six league games at The Haawthorns, and they've won just one out of the last 13 games home and away.

Pulis said: "I'm not going to criticise supporters, they pay their money, this is their football club, they have the right to do what they want to do."

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When asked if they might be a wake-up call for the board room, he said: "There's no problems with the board room, they know my feelings, they don't need people to boo to know my feelings."

Pulis has already sold James Chester to Aston Villa this summer a year after buying him for £6m from Hull City, and he's trying to off-load both Callum McManaman, who he bought from Wigan for £4.75m and Rickie Lambert, who he spent £3m on.

But Pulis attempted to defend his transfer business with a reminder of some of the other players he's brought to the club.

"The players that we've brought in, Evans, Fletch, and Salomon have done fantastic," he said.

"I expect McManaman to leave, we'll get our money back on him.

"We've made a profit on Chester, so there's a couple that have come in that just haven't settled.

"Rickie's the same and we'll most probably make some money on Rickie if we're going to sell him so the players we've brought in, if they haven't settled, we'll still get a return.

"There's always that. If you do bring people in some will settle some won't.

"Hopefully it's a busy couple of days for this football club."

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