According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle may be ready to launch a club record bid to nab West Brom striker Saido Berahino, who wants to leave West Brom in January.
And since there is bad feeling between West Brom and Spurs because of the antics of Spurs trying to prise the young striker away from the Baggies in the summer – it could be an opportunity for Newcastle to move in and seal the deal.
West Brom striker Saido Berahino
The Mail is reporting Newcastle are readying the bid, but apparently there was an £18M record bid made by Newcastle in the summer – and that bid is still valid according to reports today.
Newcastle record signing is still the £17M we paid Real Madrid for Michael Owen in August of 2005, followed by the £15M we paid Blackburn Rovers for Alan Shearer in the summer of 1996.
And last summer the £14.5M signing of Georginio Wijnaldum from Dutch club PSV was the third highest, but this deal would be the most expensive ever for Newcastle.
Saido has had some problems at West Brom since the Spurs overtures last summer, but he would be an excellent acquisition for us.
The big challenge for Newcastle will be to persuade him to join us when we are in danger of being relegated in May.
What do you think?