Steve Clarke: 'Saido Berahino can concentrate on West Bromwich Albion'

Steve Clarke is happy that Saido Berahino's contractual wrangle with West Bromwich Albion is coming to an end.

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke has said that Saido Berahino can concentrate on developing as a footballer now that his contract situation appears to be resolved.

The 20-year-old, who has scored 12 goals for club and England Under-21s this year, is expected to put pen to paper on a new deal imminently.

"It'll be great for Saido first and foremost, he's a young boy and maybe he's become a little bit distracted by the fact that it's been going on for so long," The Mirror quotes Clarke as saying.

"That's been a little negative - but there's not too many negatives surrounding Saido this season. He's been a breath of fresh air in the squad and a revelation.

"When he signs his contract, he's got a massive part to play over the rest of the season for us. The next stage is for him to keep doing what he's been doing and try to improve. He can start games, he doesn't have to worry about that."

Arsenal and Chelsea were thought to be monitoring Berahino.

Saido Berahino of West Bromwich Albion celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns on November 2, 2013
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