Finally, a breakthrough on the deal with West Brom! But it's not the one you think. According to the BBC and numerous other sources, Federico Fazio is undergoing a medical at the Hawthornes and is expected to complete a transfer to the Baggies today.
Tony Pulis directly addressed the transfer in a new conference:
"The lad is here and having a medical and we're hoping to get it done. He's a very good defender coming from a top club in Tottenham and the boy wants to play regular football.
He wants to show that he can not only compete but do well in the Premier League and I think that ambition, drive and desire is what you need in your club.
He's been a top player for Sevilla and I think he will be a top signing for the club."
Fazio has only been at White Hart Lane for a season, but it seems one season was enough for Mauricio Pochettino to decide that he wasn't part of Tottenham's plans for the year. He was signed as a backup option after Spurs were unable to close the deal on Mateo Musacchio last summer, but the tall Argentine wasn't a regular starting option at center back.
What will this transfer mean for the Saido Berahino deal? Nothing, if Tony Pulis has anything to say about it. Any suggestion that a Fazio deal might have greased the skids for Berahino seems to have been quashed by Pulis in later comments:
"That deal has absolutely nothing to do with Saido's position at this football club.
We want Saido to stay at this football club. As I've said before, you never say never in football - there's players of greater stature than Saido where people say they'll never sell and then they sell.
We'd like Saido to stay, we think it would be in his interests to stay football-wise and we'll do our damndest to try and keep him here."
Of course, that's manager speak, and with Spurs pushing hard for Little Bear, it seems quite likely that a deal will be struck that will send Berahino the other way, even if it's a deadline day special.
Terms of Fazio's deal have not been announced.