There’s a report out in the Sun today that Newcastle are interested in 21 year-old West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino, although his fee is likely to be very high, and some top clubs like Manchester City are also interested in signing the 13 times capped England U21 player – who has scored a good 10 goals at that level.
Saido Berahino – Newcastle interested
Everton and Southampton are the two other clubs said to be interested in the Burundi-born player.
Last season Berahino had a breakout season at the Hawthorns scoring 20 goals in 45 games for West Brom.
The fee for him is said to be close to £20M, and it’s not surprising West Brom would like to keep the striker, who joined them way back in 2004, when he was just 10 years old.
Manchester City are said to be leading the chase for the top young striker, and the restrictions placed on the Manchester club last summer by UEFA because of not meeting the Financial Fair Play rules, have now been lifted.
We’re sure West Brom manager Tony Pulis would like to keep Saido, but Pulis could also do a lot with £20M as he tries to strengthen the West Brom side this summer.
It will be very tough for Newcastle to sign this player, if the reports are correct and Manchester City want to sign him.
Saido has played for all the England Youth sides and has made 46 appearances for England at various level up to U21 level, and has scored 24 goals.
He has been on loan at Northampton, Brentford and Peterborough United in past seasons to gain experience, and in 32 total appearances out on loan he has scored 14 goals.
At West Brom he’s played 81 times with 29 goals – so this lad definitely knows where the net is.
What do you think?