Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur could have been handed a major boost in their respective bids to sign Saido Berahino, with reports suggesting that the West Bromwich Albion striker’s asking price is somewhat lower than first claimed.
Berahino, 21, got off to a fantastic star to this season, netting eight goals in his first nine Premier League games to attract reported interest from the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham, as well as earn a first call-up to the senior England squad.
The promising front man’s form has since tailed off somewhat, having gone through an 11-game drought until the New Year, but that has done little to quell speculation surrounding his future at the Hawthorns.
With potential suitors preparing to compete for his signature this month, a reported £20 million asking price appeared to be a possible stumbling block, but Sky Sports have now claimed that his price tag is in fact between £12 million and £15 million.
That news seems in conflict with what new Baggies boss Tony Pulis told reporters following the club’s 7-0 FA Cup win over Gateshead at the weekend, however, in which Berahino sparked further rumours surrounding his future after not celebrating his four-goal haul.
“If a top club comes for him in then we will sit down and talk about it,” he was quoted in The Telegraph. “But it would take a lot of money, I think, and it would have to be one of the big clubs.
“We don’t need to sell, though. Financially, the club has been run very well and there is not a need to get the money in. We could buy and keep Berahino or we could sell him and buy a lot more. But he is our player at the moment and we hope he is going to remain our player.”
Whether Pulis’ comments should be taken at face value is up for debate but, if Berahino’s price tag is indeed in the £12-15 million rage, then one can rest assured that several clubs will be lining up in the coming weeks with bids for the Burundi-born forward.