Liverpool have been handed a huge boost in their chase for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino, after the club’s technical director admitted that new manager Tony Pulis could let him leave the club.
Terry Burton has hinted that the midlands club could yet let Berahino leave in the January transfer window, despite refuting claims that talks have taken place with the Reds on their official Twitter account a few days ago.
There could be doubts about Berahino would fit into any system that Pulis implements in an attempt to keep West Brom in the Premier League.
The former Stoke City and Crystal Palace boss is famed for his long ball tactics, and generally requires a tall striker to get the best out of his style.
Berahino is a natural goalscorer, but might not have the hold up play in his game that Pulis requires from the lone striker he usually plays.
Burton said: “Tony [Pulis] will do and work whatever way is best for the football club.
“He tries to win football matches and if he needs to sell somebody to do something else he will sell them.
“He will do whatever is best to get results for the club and that could involve any aspect of the policy.
“Whatever he wants we will work our hardest to make happen. Tony is in total charge.”
However, he did say that they would not sell Berahino for less than £20 million.
He added: “I don’t think he [Pulis] would take that small amount of money.
“He is worth what some club would pay for him. If a club want a player bad enough and they are top quality players and if they have the finances they try and do that.”