West Brom know they are not out of the relegation fight for this season and they are still in danger of being relegated – and that’s exactly why they could decide not to sell their top striker Saido Berahino to Newcastle in this January transfer window.
But they may accept a £21M bid from Stoke and then let Stoke talk to the player about wages and it’s conceivable a deal could be struck for Saido.
Saido Berahino – Stoke in with bid
And since Swansea sold us one of their best players – Jonjo Shelvey – earlier this month and took some heavy criticism for selling him to one of their relegation candidates.
Since then it seems they have seen the light of day with news they are not willing to sell Bafe Gomis to us in this window for massive £7M for the 30 year-old.
If we don’t get Bafe Gomis in and we cannot persuade West Brom to accept a bid for Saido Berahino, then hopefully Newcastle can still bring in another striker before 11:00 pm tomorrow night.
And that’s assuming Seydou Doumbia passes his medical and signs a loan deal for us through the rest of the season.
Nothing much has been heard on that today – other than Sky News reporting he was in Newcastle taking his medical.
But it wouldn’t surprise us one little but if Newcastle put in an improved bid for Berahino and as we said earlier today we weren’t too surprised the initial bid was rejected.
If Jeremy Peace wants £30M for his striker as has been reported and he has turned down £21M we cannot be too far away and a bid close to beat £25M could be accepted.
Is it too much for him – yes – but we need him in to help save us from relegation and all the money we will lose from the Premier League – not to mention the loss of prestige Newcastle United will suffer if we are relegated.
And don’t forget we are supposed to have bid that amount for French striker for Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon who is unproven in the Premier League, but one of Graham Carr’s favorites.
So things are still hanging in the balance at the moment with news from Valencia that they have signed Atletico Madrid left-back Guilherme Siqueira and allowed their 26-year-old defender Lucas Orban to join Levante UD until June 30th.
So we have officially missed out on both left back targets.