The Express is reporting today that Newcastle may have turned away from QPR striker Charlie Austin because of their inability to reach a fee with QPR, and could now go after 21 year-old West Brom striker Saido Berahino.
It’s what the Express is calling an exclusive, but whether the report is accurate is another matter.
Saido Berahino in action for West Brom last season
The report suggests that Newcastle have made an inquiry for Berahino, with Tottenham having been the favorites to sign the Burundi born striker this summer.
Saido will turn 22 on Tuesday but Austin will be 27 next month so Saido is a good five years younger than Charlie with more potential and he would cost around £20M compared to the £15M QPR want for Austin.
West Brom want to keep Saido at The Hawthorns which is why they are asking £20M for him, in the hopes that it puts off other clubs.
But Newcastle have shown this season they are now willing to spend big money on players, and could launch a decent bid for the 21 year-old who has represented England at every Youth level from U16, and has 11 appearances for the U21 side with 10 goals.
Lats season Saido scored 20 goals in 45 total appearances for West Brom, so he has class and can score goals at the highest level.
Last year he hit 14 Premier League goals in 38 league appearances, and at 21 he has a good future in the game.
Newcastle may think £20M for Saido Berahino is better value than £15M for Charlie Austin, given the ages and potential of the two strikers.
But it does appear that Steve McClaren wants Charlie Austin to join Newcastle this summer – so we’ll have to wait and see if there’s any bid goes in from Newcastle for the Burundi-born player.
What do you think?