West Brom stall on new deal for Saido Berahino because of drink driving investigation

EXCLUSIVE: Striker has become worryingly high-maintenance despite goals

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West Bromwich Albion have shelved contract talks with striker Saido Berahino until investigations into allegations of his drink driving have been completed by police and club officials.

The 21-year-old, called up by England for the recent games against Slovenia and Scotland, was negotiating a two-year extension to his contract, which is due to run out in 2017.

But he was arrested on suspicion of drink driving a month ago and is due to be interviewed again by the police in the next two weeks.

Early reports suggested he was driving at 110 mph and was over the drink-driving limit when he was stopped on the M6.

Berahino has told the club he believes some of the details have been exaggerated but the suspension of talks is intended to send a signal to the striker, who has become worryingly high maintenance for Albion.

Last season he was involved in a controversial dressing room incident with team-mate James Morrison and later caught on video inhaling nitrous oxide or laughing gas in Birminham .

The club believed Berahino had put those issues behind him but are now delaying talks on the contract, which could have taken his salary to more than £50,000 a week.