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Tony Pulis hopeful Saido Berahino will stay at West Brom

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Tony Pulis is hopeful Saido Berahino will stay with Albion next month - as he braces for another transfer window saga involving the striker.

Berahino has not played for the Baggies first-team since September 10 and is unlikely to feature again until the New Year, as he continues to build match-fitness, having spent time away in France on a tailor made programme.

Yet head coach Pulis still expects there to be interest next month despite the striker's lack of action.

He said: "Fingers crossed he'll stay with us. The window opens again and you don't know what's going to happen."

Albion infamously turned down four bids from Tottenham for Berahino during the summer of 2015, the final one rising to a fee of around £23million.

The 23-year-old has netted just four Premier League goals since, yet Pulis insists the striker, who has just six months remaining on his contract, will not be sold on the cheap.

He said: "It's a three party one, there were deals 18 months ago for Saido to leave and it didn't suit the club so it wasn't done.

"It has to be right for Saido, ourselves and the club who want to buy him. I am hoping he will stay, get his head down and want to stay.

"It's happened before and it'll happen again, they will be people talking to him and telling what he should and shouldn't be doing. It's up to him to work it out, he's big enough now to make decisions for himself."

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