‘Saido Berahino will get back to his best once the transfer window closes’, says West Brom boss Tony Pulis

West Brom boss Tony Pulis believes Saido Berahino needs the transfer window to close before he can recapture his true form.

The striker looked set to finally leave the Hawthorns this summer but it now looks likely he will stay, with the Baggies not prepared to sell him until they find a replacement.

Time is running out ahead of Wednesday’s deadline with Crystal Palace and Stoke having tabled bids around £20million for the 23-year-old, who has one year left on his deal.

The ongoing speculation surrounding his future, having ben close to a move to Tottenham a year ago, has done no favours for Berahino’s form.

He has been far from his best for a long while, having scored just once in his last 18 games.

He also missed several chances and then a penalty in the shoot-out as the Baggies lost to Northampton in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

The Baggies host Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Sunday and Pulis is hopeful Berahino – who threatened to strike last year when several bids from Spurs were rejected – will return to his old self after the deadline.

“He’ll be fine. Getting over the next three or four days will be massive for him,” Pulis said.

“I just think, one day, I will write a thesis on it. It will be a long one. Is this the fourth or fifth window? It seems like about 20 with him. The kid has had to put up with it, you can’t stop it, unfortunately. Some of the stories I could tell you.

“I was disappointed he never scored on Tuesday, his running stats were fantastic but he really should have scored five. He had three chances when it’s just him and the keeper. One goes in and hopefully the gates open.”

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