Report suggests reason West Brom rejected Tottenham’s approaches for Saido Berahino

Saido Berahino

Tottenham failed to sign West Brom striker Berahino before the close of the transfer window.

Tottenham’s attempts to sign Berahino from West Brom were consistently rebuffed by the Baggies, and a report in the Daily Mail has suggested a possible reason as to why Spurs’ multiple offers were rejected.

According to the report, Spurs had a £25 million bid rejected on deadline day, which, whilst matching West Brom’s asking price, came with some key complications.

The North London club were only willing to pay £5 million upfront, with the remaining £20 million spread over the next five years - some of which was dependant on certain playing clauses being met.

Most deals are structured as scheduled payments with clauses in them to sanction further monetary transfers, but for Spurs to offer just £5 million upfront was a poor statement as to how much they actually value Berahino.

He is a talented and young English striker who has consistently proven himself in the Premier League, and although the £25 million asking price is fairly high for a player of his status, it is the going price in the current transfer market.

To believe he is worth just £5 million upfront suggests that Spurs were never seriously considering a real move for Berahino, as that kind of offer would always have been rejected by West Brom.

If Daniel Levy truly wanted to bring the young goalscorer to White Hart Lane, he should have been willing to pay a larger portion of the transfer fee upfront, and it could be one of his biggest mistakes to have held back on signing Berahino this summer.

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