Reports this morning suggest Tottenham Hotspur will make a bid for West Brom forward Saido Berahino as soon as the transfer window opens in January.
Tottenham have been linked with a move for the England under-21 international for a number of months but several things need to happen before they’re in a realistic position to go after a deal.
The move does make sense because of Berahino’s partnership with Harry Kane in the England under-21 setup and Tottenham could afford the reported £25 million fee, but there’s reason to be cautious.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is a man who always keeps his business cap on and while the club could fund a move, he’ll more than likely want some cash coming in to soften the blow.
That means Mauricio Pochettino will have to commission some sales and that takes time.
It may be the case that he wants to try and keep a centralised attack, based around three strikers and that’s something which Berahino could find appealing as it increases his chances of first team football.
For that to happen, someone has to make way. Most likely Emmanuel Adebayor.
Adebayor has had opportunities to push for a move away from Tottenham but it seems the luxury of his contract, worth £100,000 per week, is something he’s unwilling to give up quickly.
Berahino is one of the most talented English strikers to have developed over the last couple of years and he’s not going to move away from West Brom unless he’s got a good chance of playing games on a weekly basis.
Other players in other positions could be axed, but it all amounts to time being taken away from Spurs and given to rivals who are also reportedly interested in Berahino.
Tottenham are a big club who could fund moves for the majority of their reported transfer targets and put them on good deals, but the chairman won’t place strain on the club’s finances. It’s one out, one in.