Why Tottenham are playing a risky game with reported £10m Berahino bid

The West Brom striker is reportedly going to be the subject of a Spurs January bid. But their valuation may be a little low...

According to the Daily Telegraph, Tottenham Hotspur are preparing a bid of over £10 million for West Brom striker Saido Berahino in January.

On the face of it, that sounds like smart business from the north London side.

Spurs already have a potent young English striker in 21-year-old Harry Kane. Why not partner him with West Brom's leading starlet and form a partnership that could last years at White Hart Lane - or recoup millions in resale value?

In fact, that all makes perfect sense for Daniel Levy and the decision makers at Tottenham.

The issue, however, is that, at £10m, they may have set their valuation a little low - if reports are to be believed, of course. The Telegraph state that the bid could be 'above' that mark but the fact that ten is the figure being mentioned sounds like classic north London negotiating.

The thing is: why would West Brom let their prized asset go for below their valutation? Reports in recent months have mentioned figures such as £15m, while Alan Irvine has even mentioned £25m.

Yes, the Baggies could use the money to fund a move for Danny Ings - but there are no certainties there and, if they are selling their top scorer by a distance (admittedly one out of form) for below the market price, how exactly would they be trying to stave off relegation?

The truth is West Brom do not need to sell that cheap. So, while Tottenham might be being smart by starting the bidding low, they are also playing a risky game. If they miss out on signing a striker because they were unwilling to raise their bid yet again, another perfect opportunity could go begging for the north London side.

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