Report: Newcastle were ready to bid £20m for Saido Berahino before agent switch

According to a report, Newcastle United and Manchester City were interested in bidding for West Brom's Saido Berahino before he switched agents.

West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino remains with the club whether he likes it or not, after a deal to move to Tottenham Hotspur fell through.

Spurs were unable to convince West Brom to sell the player, and they were the only club the Baggies acknowledged making a bid.

That could have been very different, report The Mail, who write that the transfer saga took a different course after Berahino switched agents mid-way through the transfer window.

He left Aidy Ward, who also represents Raheem Sterling, to sign with the Stellar Group, who helped smooth Gareth Bale's exit from Tottenham to Real Madrid.

The Mail report that Berahino's former agent Ward had convinced Newcastle United, as well as Manchester City, to each put together a bid worth £20 million for the striker.

Yet as Ward's association with Berahino ended, so did interest from both clubs, who the agent had been talking the striker up to.

Newcastle United ended up moving for Aleksandar Mitrovic, although it is unclear whether Berahino would have been an alternative or a complement for the Serbian.

With Tottenham's relations with West Brom more strained than ever after the blocked move, there is an opportunity for Newcastle to move in January for the England under-21 international, and perhaps be met with a more favourable response than the north London side.

£20 million would not have been enough as it turned out this transfer window, but if Berahino goes on strike or does not lift his performances, West Brom could have to re-adjust their expectations.

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