By Will Butcher
Tony Pulis has claimed he has no issues with Mauricio Pochettino following the Saido Berahino transfer saga.
The in-demand West Brom striker was the subject of multiple £20million bids during the summer of 2015 from the north London outfit, which were rejected out of hand.
Pulis, who has been in charge of the Baggies since January 2015, told the Birmingham Mail that his relationship with Tottenham manager Pochettino was unaffected following the drawn out dispute over Berahino.
“If a player doesn’t go to a football club, nine times out of 10 it’s got nothing to do with the managers,” Pulis told the Birmingham Mail.
“He’s a good man (Pochettino). I’ve been involved in games against him at Southampton and Tottenham. He always comes in and has a drink and I enjoy his company.”
West Brom’s number 18 was high on the shortlist of Tottenham boss Pochettino in 2015 after the Burundi-born England youth international struck 20 goals in 45 league and cup appearances.
However, the 23-year-old was forced to stay in the Midlands despite a series offers from Pochettino’s Spurs. Pulis, who has also managed Plymouth and Stoke, was adamant that the two clubs’ differences were in the past.
That was apparent during the summer, as the Premier League rivals sat down at the negotiating table once again.
The result was that winger Nacer Chadli joining the Baggies from Spurs for a club-record £13million fee.
West Brom are set to play host to Tottenham on Saturday, as they look to continue their reputation as Spurs’ bogey team.
In the last eight encounters between the two sides, the Champions League outfit have secured three points on just two occasions.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino is ready to trust his young guns during a busy schedule.