Report: Spurs and Newcastle scouting West Brom's Oliver Burke

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Cardiff City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 6, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United are reportedly monitoring West Bromwich Albion winger Oliver Burke.

Oliver Burke of West Bromwich Albion celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-0  during the Carabao Cup First Round match between West Bromwich Albion and Luton Town at The Hawthorns...

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (14/10; page 61), West Brom are willing to consider selling Oliver Burke, with the likes of Newcastle and Tottenham sending scouts to have a look at the winger.

Burke became the club's most expensive signing when he moved to The Hawthorns for £15 million last summer after an encouraging spell with RB Leipzig. Unfortunately, his time with the Baggies has been disappointing.

 

Burke barely featured as West Brom were relegated from the Premier League, and he has made just one substitute appearance in the Championship this season. And now, the Baggies are open to offers.

The Sun on Sunday (14/10; page 61) reports that Newcastle, Tottenham and Brighton sent scouts to watch the attacker in their recent Checkatrade Trophy clash with Blackpool, which saw Burke contribute an assist in the 2-1 win.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Cardiff City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 6, 2018 in London,...

The report adds that West Brom are ready to cash in with Blackburn Rovers talisman Bradley Dack on their January shopping list, but it will be interesting to see whether Burke has done enough to convince the likes of Newcastle and Spurs to make a bid.

It would be a gamble for Rafa Benitez or Mauricio Pochettino given that Burke has started just two league games since joining the Baggies. But he undoubtedly showed during his time with Nottingham Forest that he has a lot of potential and quality. 

While Spurs can cope with the gamble not paying off given the quality that they have, it is perhaps a risk that has to work out for the Magpies with Benitez's men looking set to be involved in a relegation battle this season. 

Rafael Benitez Manager

Newcastle have hardly been big spenders in the transfer window, so it would be difficult to imagine that the club would not deem Burke to be a marquee buy given the fee that he moved to West Brom for.

And if their current form continues until January, Newcastle cannot afford for Benitez to not get the best out of Burke as that could potentially seal their fate this season.

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