Crystal Palace will have to break the bank to land Saido Berahino after West Brom insisted he will not leave in a cut-price deal.
Eagles boss Alan Pardew has put a new striker at the top of his wanted list and reports have claimed he will battle with Stoke, Tottenham and Newcastle for Berahino’s signature.
A deal is not out of the question but Berahino will not be leaving on the cheap and Albion boss Tony Pulis has backed his chairman Jeremy Peace to play hard ball over the striker’s future once again.
Peace has refused to bow to Berahino agitating for a move in the past few transfer windows, and Pulis believes the Baggies chief will not change that stance now.
Berahino is about the enter the final 12 months of his West Brom contract, but Pulis insists the club will not just let the 22-year-old leave on the cheap.
“I don’t think my chairman does bargains,” said Pulis, when asked if Premier League rivals are eyeing a knock-down price for Berahino. “I know they’re talking about it, but you come and work with my chairman – he doesn’t do bargains.”
Palace will have to pay above Â£20million if they are to have any chance of doing a deal.