Saido Berahino’s move to Spurs could be back on in January, but the north Londoners must decide whether the England under-21 star is worth another transfer battle with West Brom.
If they can ward off the temptation of Stamford Bridge and focus his attention back on a move to White Hart Lane, the 22-year-old could prove a valuable addition to Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.
Worth the trouble?
Berahino has evidently backed down from his declaration that he would not play for the Baggies again under current chairman Jeremy Peace. Ironically, though, that will be a serious consideration for Pochettino, who will have to decide if Berahino is capable of scoring the sort of goals that would make him worthy of his bravado.
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Whether he wanted to move to Spurs in particular is another conversation that would need to be had with Berahino’s new agents – who have links to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy – as it is unclear if Berahino is simply looking to move to a bigger club, regardless of the destination.
However, Spurs are reportedly only willing to pay a fee of under £20million, which raises the question of whether West Brom would consider selling their prized asset for less than they were demanding in August.
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In the summer, it appeared a matter of principle for Hawthorns boss Tony Pulis, and his refusal to give into the striker’s pleas stemmed partly from the Burundian’s conduct throughout the transfer window.
Berahino in demand
At present, Spurs look more likely to be able to offer Champions League football next season than rivals Chelsea. Yet, with the Blues languishing in 14th place in the Premier League, their need is arguably greater, and that could mean that they blow Spurs out of the water in terms of the money they are willing to spend to get their man.
Berahino has found himself confined to the bench in the Baggies’ last four senior games - though he did come on against Newcastle - and while Pulis claims it is down to the striker’s form, Berahino has since liked a number of tweets from fans criticising his treatment at the hands of the club.
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