Newcastle were reported willing to pay as much as £25M for West Brom striker Saido Berahino last January and the English striker’s contract runs out in June and he will be available at a lot less than £25M this month with West Brom now willing to sell him in this month’s transfer window.
Since Newcastle failed to land the player a year ago he has not played much for West Brom due to injuries and a downtown in his form, but he is just coming back into full fitness again at the Baggies.
Saido Berahino – 23 year-old free agent this summer
West Brom will be hoping to get as much as they can for the 23 year-old player this month and he could turn out to be a good buy for Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez is reported to want a striker brought in this month and it would appear that Brentford striker Scott Hogan could be the current favorite and Scott has 13 Championship goals so far this season for the Bees.
But Brentford are reported to want a massive £15M for their striker and that’s a huge fee to pay for somebody who is unproven in the Premier League and for a player who has spent most of his career in the lower leagues.
But Saido has already shown when he’s fit and got his act together he can score goals as witnessed in the 2014-2015 season when he scored 20 goals in 45 total appearances.
14 of those goals came in 38 Premier League appearances.
So if the fee for Scott Hogan is going to be that high a better deal for Newcastle could well be to go for the England U21 International (11 caps – 10 goals).
It’s true Saido has been some trouble for West Brom manager Tony Pulis, but if Rafa Benitez thinks he can get the best out of the Burundi-born player he could be a good buy for us this month.
Saido could also help to get us promoted back to the Premier League this year.
What do you think?