Is Saido Berahino on his way to Anfield?

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Saido Berihino will be sold in the January transfer window if West Brom receive an offer in excess of £20 million, according to Sky Sports.

The final decision will be down to manager Tony Pulis but it would appear that if this price tag is met then the promising England striker will be on his way out of the Hawthorns.

Liverpool remain interested in Berahino in a hope to replace Luis Suarez and Mario Balloteli’s disappointing return to English football.

This story comes out less than a week after the Baggies publicly rubbished reports that the England U21 was on his way to Anfield.

However if the youngster can be lured to the North West for £20m then it is surely worth Liverpool taking a punt.

After all, Berahino has scored more Premier League goals than the toothless Liverpool strikers combined this season.

Talk of a potential move away from the Midlands for the striker was aroused once more after he barely celebrated any of his four FA cup goals in the 7-0 win against conference Gateshead on Saturday.

This of course coming after contract talks were postponed before Christmas. It would appear that in his case, like many others before him, money talks, and despite his impact for the Baggies, he could be lured away for a reasonable fee in modern football terms for a player which so much potential.

There’s little doubt that Berahino will move on to bigger and better things at some point. The question is whether Liverpool are ready to take another punt to make up for some previous poor signings and get their Premier League campaign back on track.

Other options

If Liverpool can't get or won't pay the required price for Berahino then another option may be QPR striker Charlie Austin.

The England striker has been the bright spark in Harry Redknapp's side, scoring 12 goals as they have flirted with Premier League relegation.

This makes Austin the top goalscoring Englishman in the league and he is only two goals behind Diego Costa and Aguero, not bad for a striker who plays for a side who average little over one goal a game.

Two other players who may suit Liverpool's requirements within the Premier League are Harry Kane and Wilfried Bony, however the price tag for these, especially in Kane's case will probably be just as high as the £20m set for Berahino and it is unlikely Spurs will let him go to another club chasing the top four.

There is no doubt that Liverpool need a new striker and out of those available Berahino is probably the best option for now and for the future. He has the potential to grow into a great player and we all know about one quick forward who made his name at Anfield not that long ago.

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