Kelechi Iheanacho would be the ideal short-term replacement if Berahino leaves West Brom in January

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Considering a young Manchester City player who would be the perfect loan addition for West Bromwich Albion.

For much of this summer it looked as though Tottenham Hotspur would ultimately sign West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino, such was the North London club’s perseverance despite a series of firm rejections from Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace.

A frustrated deadline day tweet from the striker – which has since been deleted as reported by the Telegraph – suggested Berahino’s position at West Brom had become untenable, but the transfer window came and went with no move, leaving the England under-21 international with some interesting encounters ahead of him.

Berahino will now remain at West Brom until at least January, but unless there is a huge turnaround it would be no surprise to see him finally leave during that window, provided of course Tottenham are willing to stump up the necessary cash.

If that happens – and it only will if Peace softens his stance – there is an ideal short-term replacement the Baggies should consider to replace the goal-threat of Berahino.

Kelechi Iheanacho may be an unfamiliar name to those who do not support Manchester City, but the 18-year-old Nigerian is one of the most talented strikers in his age-range in world football.

As if to prove that, Iheanacho put in a string of outstanding displays for City during their pre-season campaign, demonstrating just how many key skills he has in his locker including pace, finishing ability, creativity and a composure that belies his years.

Such was his emergence this summer that Iheanacho has been named on the bench for all City’s Premier League matches to date and he came on for the last minute in the 2-0 victory against Watford shortly before the international break.

But come January, City may have a decision to make, either giving him sporadic cameo appearances or allowing him the chance to show what he can do when played regularly in the top flight.

If they opt for the latter, and Berahino does leave West Brom, the Baggies would be smart to sign Iheanacho before someone else does.

Talented teenagers are praised to the rafters all the time, but Iheanacho is one of the very best out there, and he would take The Hawthorns by storm if West Brom needed a short-term replacement for Berahino before making a permanent signing next summer.

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