For a long while throughout the summer, the transfer speculation surrounding West Brom's Saido Berahino looked like it would remain just that. It was only in the final two weeks of the window that Tottenham made their move for the England under-21 forward, and things have been tumultuous ever since for the Baggies.
Ultimately, a deal couldn't be done, and Berahino still remains at the club. But it isn't as cut and dried as that, as shown in his tweet on the final hour of the transfer deadline.
With the transfer window closed it's time to look at West Brom's ins and outs and whether Tony Pulis can be pleased with his summer business.
James McClean (Wigan, £1.5 million); James Chester (Hull, £8m); Rickie Lambert (Liverpool, £3m); Salomon Rondon (£12m, Zenit St Petersburg); Serge Gnabry (Arsenal, loan); Jonny Evans (Manchester United, £6m); Anders Lindegaard (Manchester United, free)
Graham Dorrans (Norwich, £3m); Youssouf Mulumbu (Norwich, free); Chris...
With the summer transfer window finally done and dusted, ESPN FC grades all 20 Premier League clubs based on how they fared in their dealings.
- Window Watch: Club-by-club | Cox: Best Prem deals
- Delaney: Transfer grades | Horncastle: Euro grades
- Prem sets new spend record | Prem window in numbers
- Bale Utd hopes wrecked | Berahino status | Mangala says 'no'
- De Gea deal fails | Real Madrid blame | Man Utd blame
- Martial joins Man United | Leverkusen sign Chicharito
- Januzaj joins Dortmund on loan | Draxler to Wolfsburg
- ESPN FC TV: Deadline day buzz | Winners and Losers
- LIVE: Transfer Talk | Done deals | ENG | SPA | GER | ITA | FRA
Manchester City - A+
Winners of the window and, consequently, now strong favourites to be winners of the title. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho spoke recently of how City "reacted" to his team winning the league in the way the London side itself did last season, but it was more than that.
This was more than a reaction. It was precise and rational business,...
West Brom's 1-0 win over Stoke owed a lot to the red cards given to Stoke's Ibrahim Afellay and Charlie Adam, and also highlighted some of the shortcomings in West Brom's squad.
Although the red cards were crucial in deciding the outcome of the game, Stoke had looked the better team prior to their two moments of madness. Some credit must go to West Brom manager Tony Pulis for deserting his defensive tendencies for a portion of the game to secure West Brom's first three points of the season.
As West Brom face Stoke City this weekend still looking for their first win of the season, there are a couple of fascinating subplots to what is a fairly important game for Albion, even at this early stage of the season.
West Brom's start to the season has been slow and uninspiring, making it crucial that their performance level improves this weekend. Albion wouldn't have expected much from their first two home games with Manchester City and Chelsea, but the performance against City was particularly...
Saido Berahino's absence from West Brom's squad against Chelsea suggested that the striker's head had been turned by the talk of a move to Tottenham, and that has been confirmed on Monday with the striker handing in a transfer request.
Despite Albion turning down the request, and reaffirming their desire to keep the England Under-21 forward at the Hawthorns, his move to Spurs now seems a case of when it happens rather than if.
That Berahino has felt the need to hand in a transfer request is certainly...