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Saido Berahino a target for Newcastle this summer

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Newcastle United are preparing a bid for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino, who has also attracted admiring glances from Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton.

The Daily Mail reports how the England U21 international has been heavily linked with a move away from The Hawthorns this transfer window, ever since being involved in a changing room bust-up with Baggies team-mate James Morrison earlier in the 2013/14 campaign.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew is ready to hand Berahino an escape route by offering him the chance to move to St James' Park, but it's believed the 20-year-old is waiting to see who is appointed as the next West Brom manager before making a decision on his future.

Arsene Wenger has also been keeping tabs on the talented striker, as he looks to strengthen his attacking ranks at the Emirates Stadium this summer.

Olivier Giroud was forced to lead the line on his own for much of the season, and Gunners fans are hopeful reinforcements will be added in a bid to make a renewed push for the Premier League title in 2014/15.

The Burundi-born star is also understood to have caught the attention of Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, with the Portuguese tactician on the lookout for new players to replenish his forward line at Chelsea.

Berahino has been tipped for a bright future in the game, recently earning praise from England manager Roy Hodgson, who intimated that the youngster has what it takes to become a full international with the Three Lions.

A move to one of the Premier League big boys will surely help in his development, providing he is given the opportunity to play regular first-team football at Arsenal or Chelsea.

With that in mind a switch to Newcastle might prove to be a better short-term option for Berahino, where he would be tasked with getting the goals that evaded Pardew's team last season.

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