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A Strange Story On Saido Berahino

7:14 am, Sunday, January 31st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

The Sunday People is reporting today the Newcastle striker target Saido Berahino has hired a personal trainer to get fit, so he´s ready in case there is any transfer business done tomorrow for him.

Newcastle are presumably thinking that a last minute deal could still be done to land the 22 year-old striker, who started for West Brom against Peterborough yesterday in the FA Cup 4th round and scored both their goals in the 2-2 draw.

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Saido Berahino – after scoring against Peterborough yesterday

Berahino has said to have taken matters into his own hands as far as his fitness is concerned and has been at the West Brom training ground undergoing work-outs one-on-one with a personal trainer to keep fit.

Andros Townsend also kept himself fighting fit while he was in a similar position at Tottenham, after he was also left out on the cold by manager Mauricio Pochettino – and he is now at Newcastle after a £12M transfer deal that went through last week.

When Andros arrived at Newcastle last week he said he was in the best condition of his life.

That came after Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy changed his mind on the fe, after Mike Ashley is said to have called him and a compromise fee of £12M was agreed with Newcastle.

Newcastle are hoping the same thing will happen with West Brom Chairman Jeremy Peace tomorrow – and that he will relent and sell Berahino before the window closes at 11:00 pm tomorrow night.

It seems a strange story to put out in the People today, but maybe there is some truth that West Brom could relent and sell Berahino.

But why would West Brom want to sell their top striker to Newcastle, when we meet the Baggies next Saturday at home and a win could take us within four points of them?

West Brom are by no means clear of the relegation zone with 15 games remaining.

And Tottenham are £12M better off now financially and will no doubt try again to get Saido to White Hart Lane should Jeremy Peace allow the 22 year-old to leave and resurrect his career elsewhere.

But his two goals yesterday for West Brom will hardly have helped Newcastle´s situation and either the Baggies will not sell or the price will have gone up.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 will die for the toon army // Jan 31, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    I see no hope for a striker nor LB. everything has gone quite.

    All i read are rumours and speculations

    Berahino looks fat

  • 2 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jan 31, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    “Sometimes the best laid plans are thwarted regardless of how large the amount of money your prepared to spend. Of course the Newcastle hierarchy have only themselves to blame by not spending money every year for the last 7 or more years. So just because Ashley thinks he can catch up on quality by chucking wads of cash at players and those clubs will fall over themselves selling their best players to us – then the results show we are where we are. Let’s just hope in the two days left we get a break and at least sign a decent defender and striker.”

    Very very very well said.

    All this is so late and stinks of the panic buys that happened before. I am not understanding how stupid people can be. January needed to start of with 3 signings on the first three days. And careful planning of who we are getting. Once again its complete guessing and bulk buying hoping and clinging for life it will work.

    I don’t like it. The melting pot just may not work and we go down anyway. Doumbia should have been bought when he was 24. If Remy is a mercenary we should not look at him in all honesty however he was really good for us. Like his style, but he ditches us in an instant.

    Two positions that have are badly needed are possibly complete rush buys.LB and CB. CB should have been a 20 million buy at least.

  • 3 Mag52 // Jan 31, 2016 at 7:22 AM


    It you think scrabbling around Europe begging any CF who’s breathing to join the good ship NUFC is ‘moving in the right direction’…………..

  • 4 sing in the corner // Jan 31, 2016 at 7:29 AM

    Concentrate on the best loan deal for a striker please Toon. Bera I think will go to Spurs tomorrow, it seems it’s a battle of who blinks first between the 2 chairmen in that one. Bera doesn’t want to come to us and never did by the looks,so we were always going to be facilitators in his transfer, no more Han that.
    Don’t want Gomis, if we end up with him it has to be a loan only which Swans won’t fancy at all.
    Remy isn’t fit, remains disinterested and is woefully short of match fitness. Doumbia loan then? Otherwise it would have to be someone we haven’t heard about from left field. And I don’t mean a left back. That’s a whole other issue.

  • 5 nut meg // Jan 31, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    This was put up on here a good few threads back but I forget by who….interesting & worth a read.

  • 6 check the toastie // Jan 31, 2016 at 7:39 AM

    its interesting read that nutmeg, who knows the skullduggery that goes on in football.

    wouldn’t trust Pulis like, or Allardyce, to conduct a clubs transfers, pulis left palace because he didn’t have control of the transfers.

    something stinks for sure.

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