Date: 1st February 2016 at 3:44pm
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Joint assistant head coach Dave Kemp took on media duties today with Tony Pulis out working on ‘personal’ and ‘football matters’ and as well as speaking about the upcoming Swansea match in midweek, the endless inevitable deadline day questions came.

Beginning with the obvious questions about Saido Berahino and apparent £21-25million bids from both Newcastle United and Stoke City, Kemp is quoted by the Birmingham Mail as saying that everyone hoped he would be in the match day squad for Swansea, and hopefully he’d be joined by Darren Fletcher and Ben Foster.

‘Saido is still here. He went home this morning with a dead leg. We’re assuming he’ll be around for the rest of the season. He`s got a bit of a knock so we`ll have to check that but he`s in the squad for tomorrow`s game. I`m expecting that he`ll remain at West Brom, I`ve not heard anything different. The chairman obviously deals with that side of it, but we`re continuing with him being around for the rest of the season.’

With Berahino leaving training early earlier in the day, the club have now said it was related to the knock he took so he wasn’t going to do as much training – and again it was repeated it was nothing to do with a potential transfer move and Kemp echoed this.

‘It was awkward today, he has a dead leg he picked up on Saturday. He came out, he`s a bit sore, and he`s gone home. With the media around that’s probably the best thing to do.’

As for the game a bit more specifically, Kemp explained.

‘The game tomorrow night again Swansea is a big game for us. We will be doing all we can to try and get three points. We have prepared well for the game and hopefully we can get three points tomorrow. We are hoping to have Fletcher and Foster back tomorrow. The games are coming thick and fast so we will have to check.’

Asked about more general deadline day activities, he went on to explain that with a few hours left it’s possible we might add another player but it won’t be a loan.

‘I`m not saying nothing will happen it`s deadline day, you never know. We`ll be here until quite late as tends to happen. Outside of that we`re preparing for tomorrow`s game.’

Bringing the curtain down on Berahino rumours, Stoke gaffer Mark Hughes has been quoted today as saying.

‘West Brom have been quite insistent in their message that Berahino is unavailable. We expressed an interest and we asked to be kept informed, but they have been consistent in their message and I don’t anticipate anything.’

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