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Published: 09:55 | 21/4/16

Pulis hopes Berahino signs new deal


Tony Pulis wants Saido Berahino to remain a West Brom player and has urged him to sign a new contract with the club.

Berahino has one year remaining on his existing deal at The Hawthorns but his future is far from certain after a protracted transfer saga last summer.

The 22-year-old threatened to go on strike after West Brom rejected several offers from Totenham, including two bids on deadline day in September, but he returned to the first team following talks with Pulis.

Despite scoring just four Premier League goals this season, Berahino is expected to attract interest in the summer and Pulis hopes to tie him down to a new deal before the transfer window opens.

"I'd like Saido to sign a new contract if he could but whether we'll get that or not, we'll have to wait and see," Pulis said.

"I wouldn't second guess anything but if Spurs do come back in, they will get the same response from (chairman) Jeremy Peace – that it has to be the right deal for the club."

Berahino missed two penalties as West Brom lost to Watford last weekend, but Pulis has backed him to bounce back from the disappointment.

"All top strikers in the world who have taken penalties have missed penalties," he said.

"The boy wanted to pick the second one up and take that one and he has missed that one. He will pick the next one up and take that as well and hopefully he will smash it into the back of the net.

"It's all character building for him."

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