Report: Tottenham plan to try again for West Brom's Saido Berahino again in January

Tottenham are ready to risk West Brom's ire by returning for Saido Berahino in January.

Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to try again to sign Saido Berahino in January, report The Telegraph.

Berahino remained at West Brom this summer despite high interest from Spurs, who SkySports reported made four separate bids.

The Telegraph report that Berahino remains Tottenham's priority: "Spurs are likely to make a renewed bid for West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino after failing to land him in the summer."

The paper add that they are considering 26-year-old Gent forward Laurent Depoitre as a budget alternative, who they speculate would cost around £7 million.

This time it seems good news Spurs do have a back-up lined up, and by time January comes around, they may have more options too.

The failure to sign a striker was the main shortcoming in Tottenham's summer transfer business, increasing the pressure on first choice forward Harry Kane.

Berahino reacted negatively to his Spurs move being denied by West Brom, but has got back on track by scoring two goals in five starts so far this season.

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace publicly criticised Spurs counterpart Daniel Levy for his failed approach for Berahino in the summer via a statement on the club's official website, and relations between the two clubs may have thawed slightly, but are not believed to have been repaired.

The only chance Tottenham have is to get the Baggies to agree a deal early, with one of West Brom's main misgivings being that Spurs left their efforts too late in the previous transfer window.

Whether more disruption is what Berahino needs is another matter, who could benefit from a season of stability having just got back on track, but whether he lets speculation affect his professionalism is down to nobody but him.

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