It's no-go for Saido Berahino but Bolton Wanderers are still in the market
WANDERERS have distanced themselves from reports suggesting they are closing in on a loan move for West Brom striker Saido Berahino.
The England Under-21 striker has enjoyed an excellent start to the campaign for club and country, scoring a hat-trick against Newport in the Capital One Cup and international goals against Moldova and Finland.
Reports yesterday suggested Dougie Freedman could look to bring the 20-year-old to the Reebok – but the response from Wanderers was that there was no move in the offing.
Baggies’ boss Steve Clarke indicated he may keep the youngster in and around his first team squad at the Hawthorns to monitor a knee problem that kept him out for most of last season.
“He’s part of my squad," said Clarke. “We have to be careful with Saido. He’s been out for seven months but came back and had a good pre-season.
“He had a great night with the Capital One Cup and two really good nights with the under-21s, so he’s in a great place.
“My job is to manage him and make sure that in six months' time he’s still in that great place and can make contributions to whatever club he is at.
“I want to keep him involved and make sure physically he’s okay.”
Freedman is in the market for attacking options and also wants to sign another defender on loan, if finances allow him.
But the Whites boss is not in a rush to make signings despite a difficult start to the season.
“The transfer window has made it a bit false for the Championship clubs,” he said.
“It has re-opened now and so you don’t feel in a desperate hurry to get someone in before the deadline because there is no such thing.
“We are always looking for players that could help us, of course, but we are getting a few back from injury now so I’m looking at that as a big bonus.”