Three striker alternatives for Spurs if they can't sign Saido Berahino

Saido Berahino

As Tottenham and West Brom remain engaged in negotiations for the Baggies hotshot, we debate who else Spurs could buy for around the £22 million figure being discussed.

With reports that Tottenham are set to offer £22 million to West Bromwich Albion for 22-year-old forward Saido Berahino, according to the Standard, we look at what that figure could buy them if a deal proves impossible to complete.

Spurs have already seen an opening bid knocked back for the Burundi-born forward, with some strong words from Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace following soon after, and if the Hawthorns outfit continue to dig their heels in, it may be time for Spurs to consider what else they can get for that kind of figure.

The £22 million amount the Standard mention would put the England Under-21 international into third spot for the most expensive ever transfers made by the Londoners, and considering the fortunes of the those in the top two, Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela, players that struggled immensely at White Hart Lane, it's worth considering what else was available in that price range in the transfer market this summer.

Of course, what is vital for Tottenham is that whoever comes in will do what Soldado didn't and offer a regular goal threat, both when chosen to partner first choice striker Harry Kane and also when deputising for him.

Charlie Austin - If Spurs want someone whose game is similar to Kane, they need look no further than Austin, a player who can play up top by himself and who is capable of long range goals. He's proven in the Premier League, available for £15 million, and would certainly be eager to make the short move to North London. The only drawback would be getting him and Kane to play together.

Javier Hernandez - The Mexican has more Premier League goals scored than any player on this list or anyone in the Tottenham squad, and has the pace and raw goal scoring instinct that would see him as a perfect option from the bench. Given Manchester United's limitations in attack, it may take a big offer to bring him in, though whether he would want to swap United's bench for Tottenham's would be up for debate.

Bas Dost - Earlier in the summer Spurs were linked with a more old fashioned kind of target man, with Fernando Llorente's name appearing. However, if they wanted a younger version of the Spaniard they could try Wolfsburg's scoring sensation from last season, Bas Dost. The Dutchman had a phenomenal end to the season, and has already scored twice this campaign, and he would therefore likely be an expensive recruit. 

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch