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Newcastle Were Close To Bidding £20M For English Striker

9:08 am, Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Berahino seems to have seriously ‘blotted his copybook’ with his antics over transfers. Perhaps best left alone.

  • 2 stan anderson // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Newcastle were also close to signing Messi and Ronaldo,but they did,nt like the North Easterly breeze as they stepped off the plane at Newcastle International Airort and got the next plane back to Spain.

  • 3 stan anderson // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    We really needed to sign a couple of Class defenders as well as what we did sign,to stand us in good stead and secure our P.L. future,but no they got that 1 wrong and kept the inept Williamson and Taylor.

  • 4 beermonkey // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:22 AM


    hats off to west broms chairman for saying no when spurs didn’t offer what they wanted

    will be interesting to see how it unfolds

  • 5 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    I actually feel for the lad, and De Gea and Austin.

    They are paid well but shouldn’t be stopped from going onto better things. Im sure they all could of been replaced. It’s greed at the end of the day, at least they would of been replaced!

  • 6 Rotonda heights // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    If a by-product of mitros’s suspension is more games for perez then I’m all for that. A Perez / Berahino type striker would make us far more mobile and fluid.

  • 7 Rotonda heights // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:25 AM


    sadly they now stuck with an unhappy spoilt brat.

  • 8 beermonkey // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:26 AM


    I don’t think we kept them its more we couldn’t sell them why willo wasn’t sold to boro for the rumoured 2 mill is beyond me
    both him and taylor should be gone next season
    although I can see taylor getting a new deal if he stays fit this season

  • 9 magscar // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    On the question of McClaren’s influence on transfers this summer it seems to me more likely that it could only have been of a yea or nay to those already in Carr’s well thumbed black book. It has been reported that perhaps his biggest YEA was for Gini to the extent he advocated get him at all costs.

    That imo is where the difference lies – we got more of our first on the list targets in rather than 3rd or 4th as the purse strings loosened.

    I believe that McClaren’s position on the Board (unusual as some find it) indicates that he will have more say than anyone since Allardyce under Ashley. If his reputed meeting of minds with Carr is real then hopefully the result can be greater than simply the sum of the parts in this apparent New Dawn.

  • 10 beermonkey // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:29 AM


    he will have to go crawling back if he wants to goto the euro’s
    he needs to play
    not sure how long he has on his deal they could just not sell him and let him rot but west brom cant afford to do that

  • 11 Rotonda heights // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Stan at 2

    yes I heard that. shame. . !

    Hoping we go back in for one of Veltman, Westergaard or Matip, as rutiger, abdennour and dunk have all moved on or signed contract extensions.

    Can’t believe we didn’t move willo on. I’m not a saylor fan but in his defence he was great at manu.

  • 12 Rotonda heights // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    bit rich sissoko spouting off about discipline

  • 13 hibbit // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    can anyone see were the next points are coming from because i don’t yes we have tighten up the defence but at the expense of going forward you have to score goals to win games

  • 14 beermonkey // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:37 AM


    we will get 3 points at westham and Watford in the next 2 games

  • 15 John Tudor // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    draws get you relegated

  • 16 John Tudor // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    think again beer 2 max reality 1

  • 17 beermonkey // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:42 AM


    4 I think we will beat Watford and draw with hammers
    but there is no reason we cant beat both

  • 18 hibbit // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    beermonkey…..i hope your right but i don’t see it that way……. we don’t have a goal scorer we can depend on were are the goals going to come from nil nil draws are no good to anyone

  • 19 magscar // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Toon Prodigy@5

    The only one I have slightest sympathy for is Austin who I believe was very much priced out of a transfer by an unrealistic fee. If he has any sense though he will resist any offer of a new contract and easily get his move in January or next summer.

    Spurs I think were trying to get the player late in the window below a reasonable West Brom valuation ( in WB’s eyes) despite having been told not to bother.

    Real Madrid may have played Man U to eventually get De Gea at less than the ridiculous price M U wanted given his contract. Didn’t totally follow story throughout but it crossed my mind that RM successfully prevented his move to a rival whilst avoiding the fee and can come again at a fee more to their liking in January assuming De Gea doesn’t blame them and spit his dummy out and look elsewhere.

    Let us not forget that players (and agents) have strengths just like clubs do and in the end those who suffer most are invariably fans like you and me.

  • 20 goommy // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Player with bad attitude. Better left him on his way..

  • 21 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Sep 3, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Well i will say this :

    If they are going to splash the cash in the January Window then what i don,t want to see is all the Links and Crap that appears on here and in the Press with regards to Targets and Rumours etc !

    I want the Club to keep Stum about any players they are interested in ( this to avoid disapponitment when our targets go to Swansea or Stoke or Southampton or somewhere else? ) .

    I don,t know about the rest of you but, over the years, i have built up a complex about supposed players names appearing on here only for them to go elsewhere !

    Start making deals in Secret around end November, December time so announcements can be made on or around the start of the Window !

    The List of targets of ours who have gone elsewhere is endless, starting with Boney through to the lad who went to Stoke .

    Mr Carr needs to start scouting youth in Holland.Belgium, and Germany! France is also still a good market to go take a look in the lower divisions.

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