West Brom star Saido Berahino is set to be offered a new deal prior to the January transfer window, in order to prevent him leaving The Hawthorns for a bigger club.
According to the Daily Telegraph the young striker, who has been in incredible goal scoring form so far this term, is attracting interest from the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, and so his club are worried that they may lose him.
It’s said that the Baggies are set to begin negotiations with Berahino next month in a bid to tie him down to a new £25,000-a-week contract, despite the fact that he only put pen to paper on his latest deal less than a year ago.
Berahino this season
So far this campaign the 21-year-old has bagged seven goals in eight Premier League appearances, including a strike which almost gave his side a win over Manchester United last night, only for Daley Blind to level late on.
Such form has seen in the same bracket as the free scoring Diego Costa and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, with West Brom manager Alan Irvine left in little doubt that if there’s a chance he pried away in January by one of the big clubs, he probably will be.
Interest from the big boys
Although United don’t need another striker - they’ve already got Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao vying for starting spots - Liverpool are in a very different situation.
Following the summer sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona this summer the Reds have been struggling to replicate the sort of form in front of goal which saw them finish second last season, and new boy Mario Balotelli has yet to find his feet.
What comes next?
With that in mind a move for Berahino from Merseyside can’t be ruled out, even though his valuation has risen to well above £15million. With West Brom sitting 14th in the table Irvine will be all too aware that his star striker is vital to the side’s fortunes, particularly when it comes to ensuring the club avoid the relegation dogfight they’ve been drawn into in the past.
With his current deal not expiring until 2017 his club aren’t under any immediate pressure to sell, but if a new contract isn’t agreed, and a big club consequently comes looking in January, Berahino himself might force a transfer.
Next up for the Baggies is Neil Warnock’s Crystal Palace, with the game scheduled for a 3pm kick off this coming Saturday.