Berahino talks ongoing

first_img Press Association Sport understands that reports stating Berahino is about to sign a new deal are premature, but talks are progressing well. Berahino came to England aged 10 after escaping war-torn Burundi with his mother and siblings and joined West Brom a year later. He signed his first professional deal at The Hawthorns in 2011 and spent time on loan with Northampton, Brentford and Peterborough. Berahino made his first-team debut for the Baggies as a late substitute in a Capital One Cup tie against Yeovil in August 2012, and it was in the same competition earlier this season that he really made his mark. The striker netted a first-half hat-trick against Newport County and then scored the equaliser against Arsenal in the same competition in a game West Brom eventually lost on penalties. Berahino’s stock rose further three days later when he scored his first Barclays Premier League goal at Old Trafford to help his side to a famous win over Manchester United. Earlier this month he scored again against Crystal Palace, and the 20-year-old’s exploits have reportedly alerted some of the Premier League’s big guns. Berahino first played for England in 2009 at under-16 level and has moved up through the age groups. West Brom are in constructive talks with Saido Berahino over a new contract. He scored on his debut for the under-21s against Moldova in September and has since taken his tally to six goals from four games. Berahino’s most recent strikes came against Finland last week, but he missed the 9-0 win over San Marino after being booked for revealing a T-shirt with a tribute to his late father. Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate heaped praise on the young striker, saying: ”He is a good player, a good finisher and a pleasure to work with. He has got a desire to improve all the time and he is a terrific goal threat for us.” The 20-year-old has been one of the breakthrough stars of the Barclays Premier League season and the Baggies are keen to tie him down to a new long-term deal. His current contract runs out at the end of the season, although West Brom do have the option of extending it for another year. Press Associationlast_img

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