Newcastle Were Close To Bidding £20M For English Striker

There’s a report in the Mail today that Newcastle were close to bidding £20M for West Brom striker Saido Berahino in late June, after being in consultation with his agent Aidy Ward.

At that time Newcastle were being linked with the young England striker – as well as Aleksandar Mitrovic and Charlie Austin.

Saido Berahino

Saido Berahino – Newcastle willing to bid £20M?

Apparently agent Ward had convinced both Newcastle and Manchester City to bid the required £20M for the young striker, but then in early July, Berahino changed agents and went with the Stellar Group,

It was in around July 8th that Ward said this about the split:

“I’m no longer working with Saido. You’ll have to ask him for the reasons.”

The split was in July even though his contract with Ward ran through the end of November, and it didn’t seem to be an amicable split.

Newcastle brought in Aleksandar Mitrovic on July 21st – so perhaps if Ward had still been Berahino’s agent we would have gone for Saido initially.

This is also consistent with what Lee Charnley had said in his email to Newcastle fans last night that the club are after quality rather than quantity and we brought in only four senior players in the summer but they cost us over £50M.

So in January and next summer we will probably be bidding big money but for a small number of players to further strengthen the squad – it’s quality over quantity.

As it turns out Tottenham were the only club to bid for Berahino,  and they seem to have put two bids in on the last day of the transfer window on Tuesday, but there were both turned down.

It seems that at least by next summer Newcastle will bring in another striker to fianlly replace Papiss Cisse, and we may even go for one in the January transfer window.

Charlie Austin and German Striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga have been mentioned as possible targets for us in January, but maybe Newcastle are more interested in Saido Berahino than we thought.

However, it would appear that Spurs are in the driver’s seat for a player who has threatened to go on strike,  after West Brom turned down Tottenham’s bids for the striker on Tuesday.

A bad move by the 22 year-old, who has been at West Brom since he was 11 years old.

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