Saido Berahino not ready for Tottenham move - Alan Irvine

Saido Berahino
Saido Berahino has had loan spells at Northampton, Brentford and Peterborough

West Brom striker Saido Berahino is not ready for a move to Tottenham, says his former boss Alan Irvine.

The England Under-21 international, 21, scored 14 Premier League goals last season and has been linked with Spurs.external-link

"Is he ready to play a huge part at a club like Tottenham who want to be challenging for the top four? Probably not yet," Irvine told BBC Radio 5 live.

"I always said to Saido that as long as he kept focus and did the right thing then he would continue to develop."

Irvine managed the Baggies for the first half of last season and Berahino made 22 appearances under the Scot, scoring eight goals.

His successor, Tony Pulis, said he put Berahino "on the naughty step" last season after the forward said he "hoped to move on to bigger things".

"He is a player who certainly has the potential to become a very good striker," said Irvine.

"It's important that he plays. He's at the stage of his career where he needs to play regular games. He's got a talent. His movement is very good."