Report: Newcastle United ready bid for £20m-rated West Brom star Berahino

Newcastle United have joined Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Saido Berahino.

According to a report in The Sun, Newcastle United are plotting to make a move for West Bromwich Albion’s coveted striker Saido Berahino in January.

The talented striker hit the headlines last season, netting 14 Premier League goals in 32 starts and prompting intense interest from Tottenham Hotspur over the summer.

It appeared for much of the summer that Berahino would end up a Spurs player, however the Baggies’ director of football administration told the Mirror that the North Londoners’ bids were well off the mark.

The 22-year-old has been somewhat out of spotlight since, scoring just three league goals this campaign.

However, he still possesses huge potential and The Sun report that Newcastle are looking acquire him as they seek to bolster their attacking options during the January transfer window.

“Newcastle are ready to launch a January bid for Saido Berahino. The West Brom striker has shot to the top of the Toon wanted list as Andy Carroll will be difficult to get in a cut-price deal,” the report says.

The report goes on to say that Newcastle boss Steve McClaren believes Berahino to be a realistic option in the upcoming transfer window, with a figure of £20 million quoted by the publication.

The Magpies currently have Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez and Papiss Demba Cisse for options but adding Berahino would give them something entirely different.

Whether the striker would be keen on a move up north remains to be seen, while a further Spurs bid in January can’t be ruled out as Mauricio Pochettino’s men still lack a Harry Kane alternative.

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