Saido Berahino: West Brom prepared to sell if right offer comes in, admits Alan Irvine

England Under-21 striker has four goals already this season

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West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine has admitted he would allow Saido Berahino to leave The Hawthorns if "big clubs" are interested in signing him.

The striker, 21, is the top English scorer in the Premier League with four goals this season - though he didn't earn a place in Roy Hodgson's squad for the matches against San Marino and Estonia.

Irvine has conceded that West Brom will have to sell the youngster if he continues his fine form in front of goal.

"If Saido gets to the stage where there’s a load of big clubs chasing after him then he’ll have done a brilliant job for us in the meantime," he said.

"Then it becomes a matter of whether the club want to do business with anyone or not. There’s no set rule as far as that’s concerned.

"As we’ve shown already this summer, we’ve kept hold of some players who other clubs were chasing - but we let others go.

"I certainly wouldn’t want Saido not to play well because I didn’t want him going anywhere else.

"It’s in everyone’s best interests that he continues to play as well as he’s been playing - and continues to develop.

"And if in the end he goes somewhere else - and it’s a move that is seen as taking his career to the next level - then that’d be fantastic and he’d go with our blessing."