Tottenham remain as short as 1/4 to complete the signing of Saido Berahino before the end of the transfer window despite pursuing what can only be described as a self-defeating strategy in doing so.
West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace issued a statement on the saga via the club’s website which outlines common sense errors in Spurs’ attempts to land the striker.
“As I have made clear from the moment Tottenham lodged their first bid for Saido on 18 August, selling our top goalscorer was never on our agenda this summer.”
Peace told www.wba.co.uk.
“Not only have the offers been too low as a valuation of the player, but they have been based on stage-payments and add-ons over a long period which do nothing to reflect Saido’s ability and potential.
“I have the greatest respect for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy but he must surely appreciate we would have needed to replace Saido had he left and no consideration of that position has been reflected by Tottenham’s strategy.”
Peace’s words seem to suggest tucking into the healthy 11/4 about Berahino still being at the Hawthorns when deadline day draws to a close is a must.
However, they also cast aspersions on the Tottenham deal-brokers and transfer tacticians.
From their first enquiry it should have been clear that negotiations were going to have to go very smoothly in order to land their target.
Yet instead, they risk missing out on the striker, through what, if they truly believe he is the man they need, is an utterly misguided sense of thriftiness.
Dialogue with the Baggies has been allowed to drag on and on with the close of the window coming ever nearer and Tottenham appear to have backed themselves into a corner.
Barring a drastic re-framing of their offer for the 22-year-old there is little chance he will be recruited before the cut-off point.
With the Lilywhites yet to linked with another striker and Son Heung-min regarded as primarily a replacement for the soon to depart Erik Lamela they risk heading into the meat of the campaign with no backup to Harry Kane.