Ray Wilkins suggests Tottenham's new stadium stopped them buying Saido Berahino

Saido Berahino

Tottenham have been linked with West Brom’s Saido Berahino since the summer.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Ray Wilkins has suggested that Spurs would have gone all out to sign Saido Berahino in the January transfer window if they were not hamstrung by the financial restrictions caused by them building a new stadium.

Wilkins said: “I think if they had not been building the new stadium, they would have taken Berahino in the [January] window. He’s another young man at 22, and with the other young men they’ve got coming through, I think for the next couple of years that would have stood them in real good stead.”

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is known to be a big fan of Berahino, and it is hard to deny that the young striker would be a great asset to the Tottenham squad.

He is young, homegrown, and has shown flashes of his goalscoring excellence with West Brom, but this current season has been a poor one for Berahino.

After his failed move to Spurs on summer deadline day, Berahino has found himself hardly used by Tony Pulis, and the January window saw more teams go in for him.

BBC Sport confirm that Newcastle made an offer for the striker, but Spurs never attempted again for him, opting to end this season with Harry Kane as their only natural forward.

Wilkins believes this is due to the financial restrictions Daniel Levy has put in place as Spurs build their new stadium.

Pochettino has been forced to work on a tighter budget than Spurs have previously used, with the club spending money on a new ground, and not being able to pump funds into squad development.

Berahino remained at West Brom past the close of the transfer window, and with the new stadium still hanging over Tottenham, it is unlikely they will return for him in the summer, unless his asking price is heavily reduced.

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