Manchester United and Liverpool target Saido Berahino is set to get rewarded with a new contract after a scintillating start to the season, but also to make sure West Bromwich Albion can get as much cash for him as possible.
According to the Mirror, the 21-year-old is drawing interest from both Louis van Gaal and Brendan Rodgers after an emphatic start to the season that has seen him score seven times in 11 Premier League matches so far.
Manchester United fans will be well aware of Berahino after he scored with a sumptuous finish against the Red Devils in a 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns a couple of weeks ago. He also scored a penalty in West Brom’s 2-1 defeat away at Liverpool, so both managers would have had a good look at him.
Van Gaal is currently well-stocked with forwards, in the shape of Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney, so one would imagine signing Berahino was a more long-term solution.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have struggled to find the net so far this season, with £16million summer arrival Mario Balotelli yet to score in the Premier League yet. So their interest in Berahino may be a little more short-term.
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West Brom will be very reluctant to see him leave and want to extend his current deal beyond 2017 and give him a significant rise on his £12,000-a-week wages. However, the report also claims the Bggies are realistic and know holding on to him will ultimately be impossible, so the new deal is also intended to maximise the cash they will be able to get from a sale.
His good start to the season has been recognised by England manager Roy Hodgson, who named the striker in his squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and a friendly match with Scotland.