News in the Chronicle today that Newcastle have been given ¨encouragement¨ by his representatives and will now pursue 22 year-old West Brom striker Saido Berahino this week and could be ready to bid £18M for the England U21 International.
Saido Berahino – encouragement from his agents
They want to make some money obviously
After we again missed a number of chances yesterday, which would have made it a much easier win than it turned out to be against an in-form West Ham side who were unbeaten in their previous nine games – it´s obvious we must sign a top striker this month.
And not some unknown from the continent – not when Newcastle are still in relegation trouble and we need the striker to immediately produce.
There´s other news today that Newcastle have bid a record £25M for Lyon striker Aleksandar Lacazette, after we had already bid €25M (£19M) for him last week – and that seems to be a high price to pay for one of Graham Carr´s favorites.
After the ill-advised signing of Florian Thauvin in the summer for over £12M – which at the moment does not look like good use of Newcastle´s money – why pay more than twice that amount for a striker who is still unproven in England?
Much better to spend say £20M on 22 year-old Saido Berahino who is more of a known quantity in England.
Another possibility was Charlie Austin for £4M but we missed out big time on him and he signed for the Saints yesterday.
The other decent possible signing is the talented Loic Remy on loan, but he´s waiting for the best offer to come in and could wait until the last day of the window – and that could be difficult for Newcastle to wait that long.
And Newcastle is not his preferred destination either.
We´d be happy enough if Newcastle can sign Saido this week and he could join English International Jonjo Shelvey and maybe Tottenham winger Andros Townsend in making an immediate difference at Newcastle.
That´s what we need and it sounds good to us.
What do you think?