According to the local press, Newcastle are to launch a bid this week to try to get Saido Berahino to Newcastle and with Berahino not being in the squad for last night´s 3rd round FA Cup replay at Bristol City, the rumors were that a deal was close.
West Brom won the game 1-0 with a second half goal from Salomon Rondon and West Brom manager Tony Pulis has said he wanted to play Saido last night but that he had a stomach bug.
Saido Berahino – West Brom may be loath to sell to Newcastle
This is what Tony Pulis said last night about the Saido Berahino situation:
“The first thing to say is that the valuation will be determined by the WEst Brom Chairman Jeremy Peace.”
“I was going to play Saido tonight but he’s not been well. He’s picked up a bug that Rickie Lambert and a few other players have had over the last few weeks, so we’ve given him a miss. ”
“But we want to keep Saido if we can.”
That last line is a twist on what Tony was saying over the weekend when the news was that Berahino was now for sale.
One potential problem to Newcastle signing the 22 year-old striker is that West Brom are not out of relegation trouble yet and we play them at home on February 6th.
West Brom are currently 6 points above is in the league table.
That could cause West Brom to be wary of selling the player to Newcastle, especially after Swansea sold Jonjo Shelvey to us and then he was Man of the Match last Saturday.
Jonjo´s brilliant play got us two goals and all 3 points against the Hammers and Swansea came in for some criticism for selling him to Newcastle.
That could either mean West Brom simply will not sell Saido or that they put a premium on him if he is to move to Newcastle.
That´s one of the problems clubs have when they try to buy players in January, when they are also in the relegation zone.
The local news today is that Newcastle remain confident of being able to get Saido signed.
What do you think?