The Mail is reporting that the 22 year-old England U21 International Saido Berahino has made it clear that he would like to join Newcastle this month, but it´s all still dependent on West Brom Chairman Jeremy Peace as it looks like he wants to get as high a fee as possible for the want away star – and maybe willing to wait for the summer to get that massive fee.
You cannot blame Saido for wanting to leave the Baggies, because he is not getting much playing time by manager Tony Pulis and he’s also in the bad books at West Brom for demanding a move to Spurs last summer and threatening to go on strike.
Saido Berahino – keen to join Newcastle United
When that kind of thing happens it´s hard to stay at the club, as Newcastle found out with Yohan Cabaye, who went on strike to force a move through to Arsenal in August of 2013 and was sold to PSG the following January.
Newcastle just replaced Cabaye two years later with the impressive looking Jonjo Shelvey last week – and we wonder why we’ve been struggling?
Steve McClaren seems to be trying to persuade Lee Charnley and Graham Carr and of course owner Mike Ashley to come up with some big money to sign Berahino, but the West Brom Chairman could be playing games and have no real wish to sell his striker this month.
That´s the problem Newcastle face because we need a striker brought in during January and the window runs out a week come Monday.
It would be a coup if Newcastle can get Berahino through the door in the next 10 days, but our feeling is the smaller clubs (the less wealthy may be more accurate) like West Brom will try to get as much as possible from the bigger clubs for their stars.
In the Deloitte Money League issued yesterday Newcastle are the 17th richest club in the world, but warn that Newcastle will need to improve their team significantly if we want to stay there or get even higher up that particular league.
There doesn´t seem to be much change from yesterday in Newcastle´s situation with Berahino from what we can tell – but of course on the other side of things a breakthrough can come quickly.
We hope that happens.