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Published: 11:56 | 5/2/16

Tony Pulis: Berahino desperate to play

Saido Berahino is “desperate” to play for West Brom against Newcastle on Saturday, according to Baggies Tony Pulis.

The striker was constantly linked with a move away from the Hawthorns last summer and again in January, but Chairman Jeremy Pearce refused to sell and Pulis is now hoping to use Berahino for the remainder of the season.

"I think you have to accept that this football club has been without one of the best goalscorers in the Premier League all season and you can't take that away from any club," said Pulis.

"You take Jamie Vardy out of Leicester and see where they would have been, so Saido has been a big miss for this football club.

"The window is closed now and he's still with us so we have to now make sure he gets his head down and work hard on his fitness and we have to get him back into the fold as soon as possible."

Berahino scored both goals in the Baggies 2-2 draw with Peterborough in the FA Cup last weekend and has revealed that he wants to hold talks with Peace over his future in the summer.

However, Pulis believes the striker can put this out of his mind and contribute to the team for the remainder of the season.

"He wants to play desperately," he added. "He wants to be involved and we are desperate to get him involved. All the shenanigans now will have eased off the kid and hopefully he can see a path through to the end of the season.

"I think that is the big thing with Saido. If there is a path there that he can see through and focus his mind then he is a different kid. But if there's all different obstacles in his way he gets very confused and misled.

"Hopefully that path is clear now. He can see he has to perform, has to play well and has to help this football club - who pay him good wages - to stay in the Premier League and get as many points as we can."

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