Sky Sports is reporting that Saido Berahino is not expected to leave West Brom today and if he did leave senior sources at West Brom are telling Sky Sports he certainly wouldn’t be sold to a club fighting relegation along with West Brom – such as Newcastle United.
Saido Berahino – going nowhere today
Sky Sports News reporter Anton Toloui was reporting from the West Brom training ground today and he had this to say:
“Senior sources have been saying Berahino will not be leaving the club today.
“Some may be surprised by that as the striker has only started eight Premier League games this season and hasn’t scored a league goal since mid-October.”
“The club remain just seven points above the relegation zone and don’t want to take any risks by selling a player who scored 14 Premier League goals last season and especially to a relegation rival such as Newcastle United.”
“There is also a commercial reason in that they believe they can get just as much money for him in the summer, even though he only has 12 months left on his current deal.”
“And being deadline Day, they may struggle to get a replacement. West Brom insist he is going nowhere.”
Both Newcastle and Stoke were reported yesterday to have made £21M bids for Berahino, with Newcastle paying cool cash up front – but West Brom Chaiman Jeremy Peace turned the offers down.
But as we reported earlier today West Brom would be daft to let Berahino join Newcastle with both clubs being in the relegation fray – and we play the Baggies this Saturday at home.
If we beat them we are probably just 4 points behind them.
What is very clear these days with Premier League clubs is their number one priority is to stay in the Premier League this season with that new three year £5.1B TV rights deal starting in June.
£21M isn’t much good to West Brom if they end up getting relegated in May and miss out on all that much bigger money from the Premier League TV rights.
We will not get Berahino today.