Tottenham want top priority striker on Jan 1 - Berahino 'desperate' to sign - Report

Tottenham Hotspur are to ramp up efforts to sign Saido Berahino according to a new report.

Saido Berahino is emerging as Tottenham's top priority in the transfer window, according to a new report.

The Sun write that the England under-21 international is also keen on the move to speed up his development.

Their report states: "Spurs want to sign West Brom striker Saido Berahino as soon as the transfer window opens on New Year’s Day.

"Franco Baldini, the club’s technical director, and Paul Mitchell, new head of recruitment, have made nabbing Berahino Tottenham’s top priority in January and the England Under-21 hitman is desperate to make the move."

Berahino has scored seven goals in the Premier League this season, but has gone off the boil recently, not scoring in the league since October 25.

He has even been benched by manager Alan Irvine, as rumours regarding his discontent at his long-term future at the club grow.

He played 21 minutes as a substitute in Saturday's loss to QPR, managing three shots which were all off target. His record this season is now seven goals in 17 appearances.

Berahino remains a raw prospect and a long-term project for Spurs, but his 10 goals in 12 England under-21 appearances is a reminder as to his talent.

He has a contract at West Brom until 2017, and while the Baggies insisted a few weeks back that he could be worth £25 million, his lack of form and recent benching is likely to ensure his potential price would be far less.

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