Berahino on verge of new deal

Rising West Brom star Saido Berahino is poised to commit his long-term future to the Baggies.

Last Updated: 28/11/13 at 16:55 Post Comment

Latest Articles

Cardiff: Kevin McNaughton, Danny Gabbidon and Nicky Maynard

Post comment

Cardiff will allow long-serving Kevin McNaughton to leave this summer along with Danny Gabbidon and Nicky Maynard.

Niguez commits to Atletico

Post comment

Highly-rated Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has signed a new five-year contract.

All Articles

Saido Berahino: Close to signing a new d

Saido Berahino: Close to signing a new d

Berahino, who has burst on to the scene this season with six goals in nine matches for Albion, is to put pen to paper on a new contract "in the next 24 hours" according to head coach Steve Clarke.

The 20-year-old striker, who grabbed the winner in a 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in September, has also bagged six goals in four games for England Under-21s.

After being constantly questioned about Berahino's new deal over a number of months, Clarke showed signs of relief when asked again on Thursday whether the matter was almost done and dusted.

Finally able to give a definitive answer, Clarke said: "I'm not very good at predictions, but I'm going to make another one - Saido will sign his contract in the next 24 hours."

Suggesting the deal would be a weight off Berahino's mind, Clarke added: "It will be great for Saido because he is a young boy who has maybe become a little bit distracted by the fact it has been ongoing for so long.

"I just feel there have been other things on his mind over the last couple of weeks.

"When you get so close to signing what I have described before as a very, very, very good contract, as a young boy it can be difficult sometimes to get your head around that.

"That's been a little negative with regard to the situation, but there are not too many negatives surrounding Saido this season.

"He has been a breath of fresh air in the squad, been a revelation. He's made a big contribution to us already.

"When he signs his contract he will have a massive part to play in the rest of the season for us."

Despite there being a number of quality forwards in the West Brom squad, Clarke has no qualms Berahino will continue to make an impact.

"Hopefully now he's going to sign we can forget talking about contracts and talk about Saido the player, and keep trying to help him improve," added Clarke.

"And he shouldn't be worried about where he is in the pecking order.

"I think I have shown this season if it's the right moment to put him on the pitch, I've done that, so he doesn't have to worry about that.

"He knows exactly where he is in the scheme of things here and how I use my squad.

"When I turn to my bench and I've choices to make Saido has shown he can be the player I bring on to the pitch, or he can start games."


New Sky Bet customers: Claim free £5 bet every week


Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho agrees new Chelsea deal, claim reports

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has verbally agreed a two-year extension to his contract, according to reports.

Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis could return from injury against Arsenal

Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis could return to action against Arsenal after nearly a month on the sidelines.

Juventus 2-1 Real Madrid: Carlos Tevez penalty hands Juve first-leg lead

Juventus will take a narrow lead into their Champions League semi-final second leg with Real Madrid after a 2-1 win in Turin.

Mail Box

Giroud Is More Than Good Enough...

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are integral to Arsenal's title hopes next season. There's also more on handballs, Juventus, and Ronaldo holding Bale back...

How Is Coutinho Rated Above Cazorla?

We have a mailbox packed full of views on Santi Cazorla, what Arsenal and United need this summer, the idiocy of St Totteringham's Day and rather a lot more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company