Why Berahino would be a more important signing for Spurs than Bolasie

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The West Brom forward makes more sense for Tottenham Hotspur than the Crystal Palace winger.

According to the London Evening Standard, Tottenham are interested in West Brom's Saido Berahino and Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie - but face a transfer choice between the two considering their respective club's demands.

The north London side could well end up signing both. The Daily Mirror report a £10 million bid for Berahino, while also suggesting Bolasie is interested in a Spurs switch despite the fact he could remain at Crystal Palace.

But should it come down to a choice, not necessarily because Tottenham can't afford both but because the duo would set them back huge sums in principle, there is one signing that far outweighs the other in terms of importance.

Indeed, Spurs need a striker. Relying on Harry Kane makes sense but to solely rely on him doesn't.

The 22-year-old produced a superhuman effort to top score at White Hart Lane last season but Premier League defenders will now be man marking the Tottenham forward out of the game. Even at his best, meanwhile, Kane could have done with some support up front.

Berahino can provide that, having worked with Kane for the England Under-21s, but can also play out wide. In Bolasie, Spurs will only be getting the latter and, while the Crystal Palace winger is undoubtedly a good player, he has never proved himself at a top-six level consistently throughout a season.

West Brom's Berahino also fits into Mauricio Pochettino's policy of using younger players, meanwhile. At 21, the forward has plenty of potential. Bolasie may still have more in his locker but, at 26, there is less promise there than with the Baggies striker.

If it comes down to a choice between the two, then, surely opting for Berahino is a no brainer.

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