England U21 manager Gareth Southgate could have a great start to the new year as Mauricio Pochettino looks to bring Saido Berahino to Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs are lining up a bid for a player valued in the region of £25million, as they look to strengthen in the January transfer window.
Southgate will be extremely happy as his potential front two in Berahino and Harry Kane could be lining up together on a weekly basis, which in turn will help his team’s chances in the European U21 Championship next summer.
Pochettino is looking to offload Aaron Lennon, Vlad Chiriches, Paulinho and Andros Townsend in the coming window, which will free up the funds needed to bring Berahino to the club.
With Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor struggling to hit the back of the net on a regular basis, Pochettino needs someone to take the pressure of Kane.
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Kane will see this as added competition for places and may fear for his place as Berahino became a full England international this year. It isn’t a done deal though as West Brom will try and hold onto the young English striker until the end of the season, as they are currently in the midst of a relegation battle.
The money Tottenham Hotspur are willing to put down for the Burundi-born striker could also be too good to refuse though, and a substantial offer could bring the player to White Hart Lane.
Although he will have no say in the matter, Southgate will hope the deal will go through and Berahino and Kane can establish a good partnership which they can carry on in the summer in the Czech Republic.