Arsenal and Everton eye up West Brom wonderkid

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West Bromwich Albion's highly rated youngster Saido Berahino could leave the Baggies for just £300,000, with Arsenal and Everton reportedly watching him.

Despite scoring the winning goal against Manchester United at the weekend, Berahino could be snapped up by another Premier League side for minimal compensation, reports the Daily Mail.

The West Brom striker is currently on a bargain £850 a week deal, with the option for another club to speak to the striker for just £300,000. Compared to the salaries of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, who were on display for the losing side on Saturday, Berahino would represent very good value for a buying club.

West Brom are hard at work on securing the England Under-21 to a long-term deal, but with Arsenal and Everton watching him, Berahino may have decisions to make regarding his future.

Speaking after Saturday's game, Berahino told reporters:

“Rio gave me his shirt afterwards and I thank him for that. Scoring against United is everyone’s dream. I had nothing else in my mind but hit it clean and hit it on target.”

Berahino was substituted for the injured Scott Sinclair just 13 minutes into the game, and spoke highly of West Brom manager Steve Clarke's trust in his young players:

“I wasn’t really ready. I didn’t even have my shin pads on properly when I went on,” he said.

“It shows the gaffer has a lot of faith in me. I had to pay him back.”

Berahino's goal against Manchester United was his first in the Premier League, but follows impressive displays for the England Under-21s and for West Brom in the Capital One Cup - where he scored a hat-trick against Newport in his first start for the club.

Arsenal and Everton have reportedly set scouts to watch Berahino this weekend, when the Baggies will host the Gunners in the Premier League.

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