The January transfer window is not always good for bringing really good players in – mainly because clubs don’t want to lose their good players in mid-season.
But there are a number of reasons why clubs are prepared to let their players leave in January.
One of those is when players’ contract run out in June and we have been linked with some players where that is the case – including Alan Judge of Brentford and Charlie Taylor of Leeds United.
Saido Berahino – 23 year-old free agent this summer
Another player who fits into that category is our top target of a year ago – 23 year-old striker Saido Berahino of West Brom – who we were willing to pay around £25M for in January.
Saido has had a tough year since Newcastle tried to sign him last January and he hasn’t played much this season, although he has been injured, but he’s on his way back for the festive fixtures.
Tony Pulis is quoted in the Birmingham Mail today as saying he is now happy with Saido.
The striker has only just returned from a conditioning camp in France where he enhanced his fitness and hopefully his self-confidence too.
This is what the West Brom manager has said:
“We’ve not managed to get the games because of all sorts of reasons, but we need him to play games.”
“His mind’s clear now, it’s most probably the best it’s been in a long time.” “He’s worked hard in training, but we just need to get him some games.”
“We can’t just chuck him in, we’ll be doing that in training and hopefully in a game next week that Saido will be involved in.”
“He needs that and hopefully he’ll be ready over the Christmas period.”
Berahino hasn’t played since early September and notice that Tony Pulis will want to be positive that things are getting better with Saido – that’s in case some offers come in for his striker next month .
If Rafa Benitez rates the player it could be a good opportunity to bring him to Newcastle next month for a fee that will be a lot less than £25M with only seven months left on his contract.
The other thing Newcastle could do is to have Saido sign a pre-contract agreement and sign for Newcastle in the summer – on the condition that Newcastle are a Premier League side by then.
Saido could be a good buy for Newcastle, but it all depends on whether Rafa thinks he can fix the problems Saido has had this year – mainly with his temperament.
But Berahino has shown he can score goals in the Premier League with 20 goals in 45 appearances in the 2014-2015 season so the skill is definitely there.
What do you think?