Newcastle have been linked with 21 year-old West Brom striker Saido Berahino last week, but that doesn’t stop the Star from claiming an exclusive today – that Newcastle are interested in the player – who along with Charlie Austin could be the two strikers Newcastle try to bring in over the summer.
Saido Berahino – 21 year-old England U21 striker
Charlie is rated anywhere from £10 – £15M, but Saido at only 21 would probably be more expensive than that – and could even cost as much as £20M.
The Star is reporting they have sources at Newcastle who say the club wants Berahino to prove to fans they are serious about building a good side, who can now go out and win one of the cups.
Berahino is with the England U21 team at the moment as they prepare for the European U21 Championships in the Czech Republic, and it’s not even clear that West Brom or the player want a move this summer.
Saido had this to say to the Star when asked if he tries to block out all the transfer talk going on about a move for him this summer:
“Of course I block it out.” “It’s all part of being a player. You get linked with all of these great clubs all around but I’m at West Brom and I’m happy.
“We finished the season strongly and we stayed in the Premier League, which is massive. ” Now all the lads have gone away on holiday but I’ve got a different mind frame.”
“I’ve got to focus on this tournament and hope to bring the trophy back home.”
Berahino has played for all the England Youth teams from U15 through U21, and last season scored 20 goals for West Brom in 45 total appearances.
If Newcastle can get two good strikers in this summer, it will probably mean that Papiss Cisse will be shipped out and some money recuperated.
Saido will cost a lot this summer if he does move, and we’d be surprised if Newcastle can persuade him to come to Tyneside – even if the club are willing to shell out £20M for him.
What do you think?