Arsenal up interest in Saido Berahino

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Arsenal have upped their interest in West Brom's young forward Saido Berahino and are considering moving for him in the January transfer window.

According to The Independent, Arsene Wenger is one of many people impressed by the progress made by the 20-year-old since breaking into the Baggies' first team this season.

The report claims the Arsenal manager has added Berahino to a list of January transfer targets as he looks to bolster his forward line, which has looked more than a bit thin so far this season.

Olivier Giroud is on a good run of form since the Gunners' opening day loss at home to Aston Villa and his goals have helped take Wenger's men to the top of the Premier League.

However, injuries to Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski have meant the France international is the only fit senior striker - summer free transfer Yaya Sanogo is also injured and Nicklas Bendtner was one the verge of leaving the club on transfer deadline day.

Berahino has shot to fame this season after scoring a hat-trick on his West Brom debut in the Capital One Cup second round, before scoring again against Arsenal in the third round. But it was his winner at Old Trafford against Manchester United that stood out most.

It was recently revealed that Berahino was earning £850-a-week at The Hawthorns, which is significantly than his teammates would be getting, and that has left West Brom vulnerable to bids from outside, despite saying they will give him a new deal.

The Burundi-born England Under-21 international's contract is up at the end of the season and West Brom could be forced into a January sale if no agreement over a new deal can be made, as they would only receive a small compensation fee should another team sign Berahino once his contract expires.

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