There is news on Sunday in the Star – in what they are calling an exclusive – that Newcastle will go after West Brom striker Saido Berahino.
The 22 year-old will be in great demand if indeed he’s made available and the fee will probably be close to 25M and we wonder if Newcastle will be prepared to pay that amount when for instance 26 year-old Charlie Austin of QPR will be a lot cheaper with his contract running out next June.
Saido Berahino – 22 year-old West Brom striker
In the summer Spurs had at least two bids turned down for Berahino, who then threatened to go on strike to try to get the deal to go through – much like what Yohan Cabaye did in August of 2013 at Newcastle when Arsenal bid for him.
Saido also had a written transfer request turned down by West Brom in the summer.
The news is that because of the bad blood now existing between Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy and West Brom Chairman Jeremy Peace – Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren is confident Newcastle can get a deal completed for Berahino in January.
Berahino wants to leave West Brom, but we wonder if he would be attracted to Newcastle since we are at the moment below West Brom in the Premier League table.
The feud in the summer had West Brom’s Pearce accusing Levy of trying to unsettle the West Brom striker.
Whether there is any chance that Newcastle can go in and sign Berahino in January is doubtful at best.
Saido joined West Brom back in 2004 and he came through the Youth Academy and has made 88 appearances for the first team with 32 goals.
Berahino has also played on loan at Northampton, Brentford and Peterborough where he played a total of 33 games and scored 12 goals.
What do you think?