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Berahino after Baggies exit

By Sam Wallace

Saido Berahino is close to leaving West Bromwich Albion, with Tony Pulis claiming that the striker's head has been turned by a range of interested clubs.

The manager did not identify those clubs individually, but as well as Spurs, there is a suggestion Manchester United could be interested in the England U21. Berahino was not included in the match-day squad for his club's 3-2 defeat to Chelsea.

Pulis attacked the timing of the transfer window, asking why it did not close when the season began. "

Why are we talking about Saido?" he said. "Because of the transfer window. It's absolutely ridiculous. For it to be going through the start of the season is ridiculous. We should be talking about this game. This wouldn't be an issue, a problem.

"Saido is a great lad. It happens where it (the window) can be disruptive and it has been disruptive. I had a good chat with him (on Saturday) and he's fine, no problems, but it's the transfer window. Why can't we have a system where it finishes before the start of the season?"

Pulis added: "He's a young lad who needs to be protected. There's loads of stuff going on in his mind and there are loads of clubs, not one but 15, saying things and doing things."

West Bromwich want £25m for the player and have rejected Spurs' interest in him so far.

Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said that appealing John Terry's red card yesterday would be "waste of time" based on recent experience.

"Normally, appeals are a waste of time for us," Mourinho said. "I think we should appeal, but normally it's a waste of time. (Nemanja) Matic against Burnley last year, Diego Costa against Liverpool, (Thibaut) Courtois (for his red card against Swansea) ... it's a waste of time."

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