Potential Problem Arises In Newcastle´s Pursuit Of Striker


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.

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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?

Comments welcome.



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127 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #1

    dubai

    wouldn’t be disappointed at all. spending for spending’s sake on townsend is not the answer.

    bera would be a different type to mitro as he can get in behind but do we need the circus that comes with him. someone like berahino who isn’t berahino would be great. there must be some rapid fleet footed goal scorer for reasonable money out there somewhere.

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  • FozNUFC

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Love to see him in a toon shirt but overpriced at 18 million, we could go and get a quality CB and a LB with tht sort of money

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Marlon harewood, shefki kuqi and of course, Shola…..

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #4

    I wonder if Fred is available.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #5

    If we want an experienced winger with lightening pace, we could maybe try and get Chris Waddle on a short term deal. He can also take the PeLaNties

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Has the big day for NUFC started?

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  • Goofy

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Reckon soccer sauce has missed the mark this time, (hoping I don’t eat my words) Surely there’s better out there for that price?

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m going to be honest, ive not seen any of Berahino, how have west brom got to a 20m+ valuation??
    I don’t think hes as much trouble as is being made out. Pretty sure West Brom broke some promises to him about being allowed to leave?
    Heard a pulis interview a while ago where he was saying Berahino is a pain who needs a kick up the arse every 3 months but it was all minor things like time keeping and that he was a bit casual and needed to be more professional. One things for sure, if his attitude was bad towards coaches or players under pulis hed have been headbutted and sent to train alone, he doesn’t suffer fools

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Pulis’ statements about Berahino are just part and parcel of the negotiation process – ” should he stay or should he go ”
    “We want him to stay – but didn’t play him because he was ill….” ( in brackets read..” we want as much money as possible to get rid of him, he’s not interested in West Brom and wants to be at a big club like Newcastle” )
    What will be will be.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Jay

    Its the same old story. Home grown player = hugely inflated price. 14 goals last season was a reasonable return in an average team? But you are right, he hasn’t REALLY justified a 20M valuation

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  • Goofy

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #11

    Jayphoto

    Maybe he’s only wound his neck in knowing what Pulis is capable of. Mclaren doesn’t command respect like Pulis. If he’s a trouble maker we should leave him where he is, we already have Shekvey and Mitro, adding another hot head would be throwing fuel onto the flames. Not what we need at this moment in time.

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  • hibbitt

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #12

    i see we are being linked with a boro youngster harry chapman 17/18.years old very good player can play on either wing big strong lad very highly thought of by boro coaching staff not sure were the stories coming from but its in the sun and 1/2 other papers have picked it up

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #13

    I agree, im not sure we have the dressing room characters to keep wilder personalities in check. Coloccini is a quiet man. Most of the squad is very cery young. Only person really shouting on the pitch is Elliot, saw he even leads and does the talking in the huddle.
    Even the coaching staff- cathro is younger than half the team and Simpson takes a matey good cop role.
    Reckon mcclaren can probably lose it here and there. Reckon hed have the respect of some of the dutch lads, his twente title win is the stuff of legend over there and hes well respected in holland

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #14

    Just a note on Elliot actually but when will he stop bring referred to as Kruls understudy? He’s played better this season that krul has in over 18 months. Can’t see how if he keeps it up they could even warrant Krul coming back in and walking back into first choice?

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #15

    Good article in the mag regarding our complete lack of options on the bench.
    The bench on Sat would hardly have any of the starting 11 worried about their place, even the signing of Townsend and Berahinio wouldn’t make much difference.

    I still think something’s going on regarding the Townsend deal, Levy probs wants Perez or 1st option on him.

    Watched Inter Napoli last night and wasn’t impressed with Gabiadini at all.
    Offside as often as Cisse and not very mobile, surprised we’ve been linked unless his agent is the clubs buddy.

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  • nut meg

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #16

    YCMIU
    Plenty people on here were talking about 20+ for Perez a short while ago.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #17

    The problem being for the fees being talked about we potentially could get better but what if we spend 20 million from a striker from Spain/France etc and he flops again with not being used to the league ?

    Berahino has at least shown when fully fit he will get lots of goals in the league remember he has been playing a Pulis team which is essentially like Allardyce and Pardew when he was here ! Hoof balls with no pass and move if he was in our team against West Ham last week the way we played he would have got a hat trick in the first half !

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  • toon kk

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #18

    Our business is over for this window. The rest is speculation.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #19

    Jayphoto, in response to your last couple of posts. I wonder if Colo has a but more influence off the field than he appears to have on it. I seem to recall it being reported that he jacked up against Ben Arfa in the club room because of his attitude and that contributed to his exit. And I agree we have lost nothing with Krul being out. Elliot has been more than capable, and as far as I’m concerned if he maintains that standard Krul shouldn’t walk back into side.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #20

    That should read “bit” more influence..

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #21

    Jayphoto,
    Fully agree on Elliott, no way Krul should get straight back in.

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  • hibbitt

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #22

    toon kk
    its only speculation that our business is over……. the truth is we don’t know one way or the other…….that’s only you speculating

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  • Goofy

    Jan 20, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #23

    If they let Perez go in this window we’ll be going down. The games we’ve taken points from this season was because of great performances from either Wini or Perez, (the team helped obviously) they both have that something special. I’ll be fuming if it’s something idiotic like perez plus mony for Townsend.

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  • mad-serb

    Jan 20, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #24

    This is just all part of the smoke screen of completing a transfer. Look at the summer with the whole Mitrovic debacle that went on for 3 weeks or so.

    One day he signs the next day Porto wants him and putting togther the money blah blah blah. In the end the player confirmed that he wanted to join us and it was the clubs discussing the transfer fees.

    This is the same thing that is currently happening. The difference is we have all the cards in our hand and penfold is trying to get away with as much as he can.

    Lets be honest, noboday is going to pay 14m for Townsend. Secondly is he going to just walk into the team = no. Perez will play there on Saturday and next saturday. He will start on the bench in anycase, so we are able to be firm on what we think is a good deal for us.

    Levy is playing hardball but we are just as stuborn as they are probably even more so. It will happen probably next week or the week after. I think we can see a winger will be brought in this month but their is no rush at the moment.

    If you look at our squad you can see that. Lets say sissoko gets injured in the run in, who plays in his position? Perez will probably move across and who ever we buy plays on the left. Gini is our most threatning player so to move him out to the wing is obviously and option but he is 10 time more effective in the number 10 role. So his cover is Siem which leaves us with the winger or striker/winger to fill.

    I think Berahino deal is more complicated as their might be some interest around but I do not see Chelsea buying him which leaves Tottenham probably as the main rivals their. Stoke have no change, just cant see him going their instead of us.

    Tottenham clearly unsettled Berahino and i think they told him some things and now its seems that they looking elsewhere. or is it just a ploy? He will leave in January as they WBA cannot have a striker of his ability not playing. i think they are still looking for a replacement so this is delaying the situation as well. This one will drag out till the next week at the very least.

    The only way this ends if someone places the bid and gets accepted and then we see what happens. Hope it is us but with a chairmen as complicated as us and theirs. Everybody will fight for their cents still somebody gives in first.

    Then we will see what Spurs reponse is. If they come in i hope we have an alternative as then this deal is dead.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jan 20, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #25

    Nut Meg

    Were they? (20m for perez). I have only recently started posting here regularly again, so I missed that. However, with respect, thats a crazy valuation for a youngster. Unless of course its just to put people off buying him. It still isnt really justified though.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 20, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #26

    I’ve read Berihinio hasn’t started in 12weeks, a blanket would do WBA to replace him as I’m sure that would keep the bench warm.

    Pullis comments about wanting to keep him as he’s important to the team and squad also smells fishy, 12weeks on the bench. Whys he so important, is his arse ergonomically designed for the bench?

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  • Spoof

    Jan 20, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #27

    We were supposed to have received encouragement from Berahino’s agent, is that really true or is that his agent politely telling Daniel Levy to get his finger out.

    Another thing which has crossed my mind is why is Daniel Levy asking for £14m for Townsend which is way too much, could it be due to West Brom wanting £22m for Berahino which again is way too much, personally I would say that £22m is about £4/5m too much for Berahino and Townsend for me should be about half of what Tottenham are asking, I think Tottenham are holding us to ransom because West Brom are doing the same to them.

    I realise that Levy does this anyway but on this occasion I can understand why, what I would look at doing is to screw Tottenham and pay the extra for Berahino ourselves and then go for Matt Phillips, what we lose on Berahino we would save on Phillips and have the added bonus of getting a better winger.

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  • BandB

    Jan 20, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #28

    mad serb

    Next week starts on Sunday, January 24th and ends on Sunday, January 31st, as does the transfer window.
    There is no “week after.” And certainly no “week after at least.”

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  • Goofy

    Jan 20, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #29

    Pulis is trying to squeeze a couple of extra Mil out of the deal. They obviously don’t want him, they’re just delaying to get more bidders in and buming up the asking price. Could someone please come in for both of these overpriced gambles, it’s giving me a sore head, next!

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 20, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #30

    People worrying where all these hopefully new players are going to fit in…We cant drop mitro for Bera or If Townsend comes surely we wont drop Sissoko.
    Do you not think it is nice for a change to have these options of rotation rather than than having a wafer thin squad.
    Take

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 20, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #31

    Still worrying that it seems that we are not being linked with any left backs or centre backs though

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  • hibbitt

    Jan 20, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #32

    B&B
    think the window closes on the 2nd of Feb

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  • nut meg

    Jan 20, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #33

    YCMIU
    It wasn’t the club but some posters on here.I know it’s crazy money.You know what it’s like with supporters,score a couple of goals and some people call them world class.It’s easier for you younger guys but for this old wrinklie trying to get my head round 20+m for any player makes me dizzy.Time for a beer I think.

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  • toon kk

    Jan 20, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #34

    The situation we’re in is directly from a very poorly run club, MA penny pinching, wasting money on French flops so they’ll play under his wage cap or not signing players at all has ended up costing the club extra millions in the long term.
    Just bringing in one or two quality players in when they were required would have seen us pushing for Europe now.
    We’re left in the bottom three, having to spend big with an outside chance to stay in the premier league.
    This season has been coming for years, let’s hope we survive and the board learn from it.

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  • hibbitt

    Jan 20, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #35

    toon kk
    that’s only speculation

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 20, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #36

    jazzy

    people have forgotten that there are cups to play for and plenty of games to rotate players
    all we’ve done so far is patched the first team we are still along way from having a squad and options

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 20, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #37

    imo patrick bamford is a better bet than berahino and would prob be half the price.

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  • JDdubai

    Jan 20, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #38

    WBA dont want to keep him, just Pulis playing the game. Also if he doesnt leave then they need the option of using him until the summer, easier to do if Pulis says he wants to keep him publicly.

    Get the feeling that most people arent really bothered if we get these 2 or not. Cant see them both being first choice players currently, maybe only if sissoko leaves in the summer.

    Value for money wise, better options out there. But then again, a bit of strength in depth is something we have never really had so if they both come then I think it could mean we will be safe.

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  • Sazzer

    Jan 20, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #39

    Not the first cover up from sauce but probably the worst one.

    Soccer Sauce @soccer_sauce
    #NUFC – when we say tomorrow is a big day, we mean that it could see a lot of progress on discussions. Don’t EXPECT any done deals

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  • toon kk

    Jan 20, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #40

    Hibbitt
    Is your keypad stuck? Or is it just speculation?

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