Newcastle United are not prepared to pay too much to sign Saido Berahino from West Bromwich Albion in the January transfer window, according to The Shields Gazette.
The British tabloid has reported that Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Newcastle are all interested in the services of the 22-year-old.
However, The Shields Gazette claims that Newcastle will not break the bank in order to bring in the English youngster.
“Newcastle are understood to be willing to smash the £16million club record they paid for Michael Owen in order to land Berahino, but face competition from Spurs for his signature,” the report states.
The report has also added that Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley is “prepared to walk away from the deal if he feels Peace is asking too much for a player who can’t get into Tony Pulis’s side this season”.
Berahino is a talented young player, but he has not played well so far this season. Asking £30 million for a striker who has scored just three goals in 17 Premier League games is too much.
Newcastle are right not to pay over the top for Berahino despite the fact that he has potential and will be a long-term investment.
The Magpies are third from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment, while West Brom are six points above the relegation zone in 13th.