Liverpool to bid for Saido Berahino despite asking price

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is ready to sanction a move for West Brom striker Saido Berahino even after the club was informed of Berahino's £25m asking price.

According to reports in the Daily Star, the England under-21 international is Liverpool's top January transfer target amid interest from Spurs as well, despite being informed by West Brom that Berahino will not come cheap.

Rodgers has decided that the £16m gamble on Mario Balotelli earlier in the summer has not worked out, and the Liverpool chief is ready to move as early as two months time to rectify the Reds lack of firepower.

While Balotelli has struggled, Liverpool have been unlucky with injuries too - Daniel Sturridge has picked up several muscle problems and has missed a large percentage of games already this season.

Berahino has been in exceptional form this season, scoring the equaliser in the last minute against Crystal Palace at the Hawthorns at the weekend.

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He found the net against Manchester United last Monday as well, a well taken goal that showed off his key attributes - pace, movement and an eye for goal.

There's a bit of time to go between now and then, but if he continues to do what he is doing other clubs will come in and test the water - Alan Irvine

As for Tottenham, current options Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado have failed to impress under Mauricio Pochettino, and the ex-Saints boss could be in the market in January if the circumstances are right.

West Brom manager Alan Irvine has conceded in recent weeks that Berahino is likely to be the subject of several transfer offers when the window opens in January.

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"There's a bit of time to go between now and then, but if he continues to do what he is doing other clubs will come in and test the water," Irvine said.

"That will come down to what the chairman [Jeremy Peace] wants to do. But the club is in such a good position we don't need to sell.

"I think the chairman will make the right decision. I wouldn't like to see Saido go, but I have to be realistic as I know what the possibility is. Our chairman is very strong and will only do what is in the best interests of the club, and we will have to see whether it comes to that.

"If things change for Saido and he's done a good job for West Brom, we'll be happy."

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The report claims Liverpool would consider a move for Swansea and Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Bony should a deal for Berahino fail to materialise. West Brom are in a strong negotiating position and have no need to sell - as a result they have reportedly demanded up to £25m for the forward.

Bony wouldn't come cheap either, but the Reds have been long-term admirers of the striker, who has also been linked with Tottenham and a move to White Hart Lane.

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