West Brom star Saido Berahino brushes off transfer talk

Albion star Saido Berahino has brushed off the latest speculation surrounding his future and insisted he is happy at The Hawthorns.


Berahino, who is on new Newcastle boss Steve McClaren's summer transfer watch-list, says he is blocking out rumours about moves to focus on England's European Under-21s Championships bid.

His comments come as possible Baggies target Andre-Pierre Gignac looks set to join Mexican club Tigres.

Newcastle are the latest Premier League rival to be linked with 21-year-old Berahino, who has also been monitored by Manchester City and Chelsea.

But Berahino said: "Of course I block it out.

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"It's all part of being a player. You get linked with all of these great clubs all around but I'm at West Brom and I'm happy.

"We finished the season strongly and we stayed in the Premier League, which is massive. Now all the lads have gone away on holiday but I've got a different mindframe.

"I've got to focus on this tournament and hope to bring the trophy back home."

Newcastle are on the lookout for new strikers and have added Berahino to their list of possible targets, but with the Baggies reluctant to sell this summer it appears unlikely the Magpies would have the spending power to prise him from The Hawthorns.

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Berahino is the man Pulis wants to spearhead his attack in the Premier League next season but he wants new faces to compete for striking places.

Gignac, a 29-year-old France international, was among the players considered but he now looks set to join Tigres, according to reports from Mexico.

He is seemingly due for a medical in Monterrey on Monday ahead of a free transfer switch after his contract at Monaco ended.

Big-spending Russian side Dynamo Moscow had also shown an interest along with West Ham, although Baggies sources insist Gignac was just one of several names on their list of possible recruits up front.

Pulis and assistant boss Dave Kemp flew to France in May to watch Gignac in action for Marseille.

Meanwhile, 33-year-old free agent Brad Jones has emerged as a possible goalkeeping target for Albion after he was released by Liverpool.

Pulis is eyeing a move for Crystal Palace's Wayne Hennessey to compete with Ben Foster and Boaz Myhill for the No.1 berth, but Jones could provide useful cover to the existing two glovemen with Foster out until at least October through injury.

Pulis is unwilling to start the new campaign with rookie Jack Rose as the only back-up to Myhill.

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