Technical director Nick Hammond has confirmed that West Brom would be happy if Saido Berahino stayed at The Hawthorns this summer.
The 22-year-old England Under-21 international striker has been heavily linked with a move after he was denied a switch to Tottenham 12 months ago when chairman Jeremy Peace rejected four big-money offers.
Berahino will be entering the final year of his Albion contract at the end of June and it was expected the club would try and sell in order to avoid losing him on a Bosman free transfer next year.
Stoke, Crystal Palace and Watford have been linked with Berahino since the end of last season, despite him only managing four league goals in a troubled campaign, while previous suitors Tottenham appear to have switched focus to AZ Alkmaar’s Â£12million hitman Vincent Janssen.
However, Hammond has spoken out to insist the Baggies would be delighted if an arrangement could be agreed which would see him stay.
Hammond told the Express & Star: “I’ve had conversations with him and have been very impressed with him as an individual.
“I like him a lot and think he’s a top player. I told him clearly I’d love him to be at the football club next season.
“HeÂ’s a very talented individual, heÂ’s a good age, he’s a home-grown academy player. He’s the type of player I’d love to be here next year.”