Steve McCLaren eyes Saido Berahino to strengthen Newcastle squad

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Saido Berahino is a man in demand in the Premier League at the moment, with the Newcastle Evening Chronicle reporting that soon-to-be Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren wants to take his chances in signing the striker.

McClaren will reportedly be announced as the new Toon boss on Wednesday and is currently assembling his back room staff.

Statement of intent

McClaren has been somewhat of a polarising decision from the Newcastle board, with some Newcastle fans rather pleased about this, however most fans are not too happy about it. If they were to go out and and sign Berahino then this would be a massive statement from the board and from McClaren that Newcastle mean business and are not messing around. 

Berahino has been previously linked with the bigger teams in the league, and the money that has previously been mentioned is what gives me doubts over whether Newcastle will be able to sign him.

Liverpool were looking to sign him but now that they have agreed a deal for Danny Ings it looks unlikely that they will continue to pursue him. The money they were talking about was in excess of £20 million.

This is money that Newcastle have, but will not spend on a youngster. It will not happen. If West Brom decide that they could accept £10-15m then it is a possibility, but you just never know with Newcastle and certainly can't predict what they will do. 

Who is Saido Berahino?

Berahino is a Burundi born, England international striker who has made a massive impact in the Premier League for the last two years. He burst onto the scene two years ago for West Brom, turning up to Old Trafford with the Baggies and completely surprising the Manchester United defence with his sheer pace and skill.

That season he made 32 appearances, scoring five goals. Last season he did even better, turning out 35 times and finding the net 14 times. In his entire career so far, across all levels, he has made 102 appearances, scoring 31 goals.

He has been contracted to West Brom for the entirety of his professional career, having loan spells at Northampton, Brentford and Peterborough. Berahino is still only 21-years-old and has a lot of potential but now it is up to him to choose the right team to move to.

Now would be a bad time for him to go to a team such as Liverpool or Manchester City because he wouldn't play, so I think Newcastle would be a great move for him. 

Why Newcastle?

Newcastle would be the best choice for him, being a young player. He will get the care and the nurturing that he needs at this tender point in his career whereas he won't get that at the likes of City and Liverpool. They have bigger and more important talents.

He also won't get played at either of those teams whereas he would be a regular starter at Newcastle. He would have a good team around him, supplying him with plenty of chances every game and giving him the best possible chance to have a 20-goal season.

He will play for a Champions League club one day, but not yet; he isn't ready. One need only look at players like Scott Sinclair, who had so much potential before signing for Man City. He left Swansea too early and now look at him.

Had he have gone to a Newcastle or a Villa before City, he could be flying right now. It's too early and Berahino needs to look past the dollar signs in his eyes and do the right thing for his career. 

Football fans, do you think Berahino should opt for Newcastle or set his sights a little higher? Let us know in the comments box below.

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