Berahino in battle to leave
West Brom are braced for a battle to keep Saido Berahino after he handed in a transfer request.
The striker has asked to leave in an attempt to force through a move to Tottenham after Spurs had a bid rejected last week.
The Baggies instantly dismissed his request yesterday and reiterated their desire to keep the England U21 forward at The Hawthorns.
A club statement read: "West Bromwich Albion have received a written transfer request from Saido Berahino.
"The request has been rejected and the club's position remains unchanged from that outlined in the statement from Chairman Jeremy Peace of August 18. There will be no further comment."
Peace is a famously tough negotiator but has admitted the Baggies are unlikely to turn down a mammoth bid for the 22-year-old.
Berahino was dropped from the squad which lost 3-2 against Chelsea on Sunday after boss Tony Pulis felt he was not in the right frame of mind to play.