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Spurs foiled again as West Brom reject second bid for Berahino

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West Brom is playing hardball over Saido Berahino.

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If Saido Berahino is moving to Tottenham Hotspur, West Brom is not going to make it easy. In an exclusive report, the Telegraph is reporting that the Baggies have rejected a second bid for Berahino in the amount of £22m.

West Brom has been giving out mixed messages throughout this saga, first indicating that Berahino was not for sale under any circumstances, and then saying that, in effect, all players have their price. For West Brom, that price is apparently £25m, which has been his valuation from the beginning. Which is fine: in this brave new world of TV money, West Brom doesn't need the cash and charge whatever the hell they want for Berahino, whether or not he wants to go.

It's certainly complicated by Berahino's written transfer request, the news of which broke yesterday, but that doesn't seem to have had any impact on West Brom's stance. So now we're back to limbo.

Berahino is obviously Tottenham's #1 target in what's left of the window, and they obviously want it to happen, but who knows what will happen now. If they really want him, Levy might pony up the dough. Federico Fazio might be thrown in as a make-weight on loan. Or Spurs might throw up their hands and bail, which is why Tottenham are still nominally linked to the likes of Pato, Chicharito, Yannick Bolasie, and Andriy Yarmolenko.

I've said this before, but if this doesn't end up going down to transfer deadline day, I'll be very surprised.