Newcastle are ready to go back in for West Brom striker Saido Berahino with an increased bid today to try to get their number one striker target to Newcastle – and if we can do that it will significantly increase our chances of staying a Premier League club.
While most reports yesterday were that Newcastle went in with a club record £21M bid for the 22 year-old striker, the Independent is reporting it was £24M.
Jeremy Peace – West Brom Chairman
Given that Jeremy Peace wants £30M and assuming Newcastle bid (only) £21M yesterday then a binary chop of the difference of £9M would suggest we should go in back in with a bid of around a £25.5M bid for a second attempt – maybe go back in with a £25M bid?
And if that is rejected then Newcastle have to decide at some point if West Brom will ever sell today.
That could mean a third bid or Newcastle simply give up and go after Bafe Gomis and try to get him signed along with Seydou Doumbia.
Mike Ashley seems really worried so maybe he will go all in with a £30M bid for Berahino?
That´s possible if unlikely at this point.
But it would then be really interesting what the Baggies would do if we did bid £30M – and it would be a real coup if Newcastle could end up with Berahino and Doumbia today.
It would be overpaying big time for Saido, yes – but if it saves our PL status it could be worth it.
But the word on West Brom Chairman Jeremy Peace is he´s unlikely to sell today.
And if we cannot get Berahino in and Swansea refuse to sell back-up target Gomis to us – we should have another striker lined up – just in case.
But it´s still not clear how accurate that report is from south Wales that Swansea wont sell Gomis to us.
The Newcastle goal presumably today is to still sign two strikers but whether we can get a left-sided defender in looks difficult.
What do you think?