Saido Berahino still wants to leave West Brom for a “top-four club”, meaning a summer switch to Newcastle looks very unlikely.
Newcastle have been interested in the striker for the past couple of years and in the past three transfer windows he has been heavily linked with a move away from the Baggies.
However, Albion have been able to keep hold of him and, amid reports they value the forward in excess of Â£25million, no club has yet met the asking price.
Newcastle would again be interested in the summer should Berahino be available but Baggies boss Tony Pulis says he’s after a switch to a “top-four” club, effectively ruling out a transfer to St James’ Park.
Pulis told reporters: “I have had lots of conversations with him. It has not been a short period. This has been over three windows. Every window that opens up, he gets driven in a direction that maybe a more experienced or stronger character would deal with.
“The most important thing is that he has a God-given gift and he should squeeze the pips from it, and have a great, great career.
“Everything will follow, whether now, tomorrow or the next day. If he is playing well, he will get the recognition. And the move. He wants to play for a top-four team.
“I don’t think it is the money, it is the opportunity and the chance to show how good he is. You can’t take that from the boy. You can’t tell him not to want that.”
He added: “He can’t go anywhere, he is with us now, and he has to get himself fit and put himself in that position again that he was last summer. If it happens, it happens. If not, he has to keep playing and that is what he has done.”