English Premiership

Pulis confident of keeping stars

2015-09-28 14:10
Tony Pulis (AF)

Sept 28 - Premier league clubs can hold on to their best players now with forthcoming increases in broadcast revenue, West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has said.

West Brom forward Saido Berahino was subject to four failed bids from Tottenham Hotspur, including two on deadline day, prompting the 22-year-old to say that he will never play for club chairman Jeremy Peace again.

Under similar circumstances, West Brom's opponents on Monday, Everton, managed to keep hold of defender John Stones, who also had a transfer request rejected, after being heavily linked with a move to champions Chelsea.

With the league's jaw-dropping £5.14 billion domestic TV rights deal set to kick in from next season, Pulis felt clubs will keep their key players unless the price is right.

"I think the stakes are so high now for every club in terms of keeping Premier League football, that unless it's right it won't happen," Pulis was quoted as saying by the British media.

"If it's right then everybody has got a value. I just think the value of people and what's going on has changed.

"You would have thought that Tottenham would have got Saido at a certain price and you would have thought Chelsea would have got Stones at a certain price so it was nice that it didn't happen, for everybody."

The former Stoke City manager also said the transfer fees being paid for players are ridiculous, but expects the value of players to increase.

"In my opinion the transfer fees 10 years ago were ridiculous so don't even ask me what I think of them now," Pulis said.

"The top clubs want the best players, they will spend to get the best players and the market value will keep going up because the money is getting bigger and bigger, especially in the Premier League."

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