Saido Berahino not part of Tottenham's striker shortlist

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With the January transfer window looming round the corner, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is setting his sights on a new front man to improve their chances of a top-four finish.

However, having made four bids for West Brom striker Saido Berahino in the summer, it looks likely that he won’t be on Tottenham’s radar according to Sky Sports.

Berahino’s move to White Hart Lane in the in the summer looked all but complete only to be blocked off by Albion chairman Jeremy Peace, who was reluctant to let the England international leave the club.


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But the 22-year-old has failed to impress in a Baggies shirt this campaign and means the Spurs manager could consider other options in the hopes of bolstering his attacking force.

With the England youngster out of the equation, Spurs could turn their interest to out-of-favour Barcelona striker Sandro Ramirez, Michy Batshuayi from French side Marseille and Breel Embolo who leads the charge for Basel.

The Daily Mail suggest Ramirez is looking for regular football and with the lack of forward players in the Spurs squad; White Hart Lane could be the perfect destination for the Spain Under-21 international.

Alternatively, 18-year-old Embolo is finding the net more often than not in the Europa League and the Swiss Super League, scoring 26 goals in 74 appearances in all competitions since making his debut last March.

He has shown his capability as a bright, young prospect and could follow in the footsteps of Harry Kane, who also quickly climbed up the ranks in north London.

Landing Belgian forward Batshuayi looks the least likely as Marseille are disinclined to let their star leave midway through the season.

With his Premier League experience, Berahino is the ideal addition to the Spurs team but if a repeat of the chaos in the summer occurs in January, it could affect the club on and off the field.

Moreover, after his dispute with the Baggies following his rejected transfer, a player of his personality may not be beneficial to Pochettino and his players and could affect the chemistry in the camp.

Tottenham have three identified strikers in their squad in the form of Kane, Clinton N’Jie and Son Heung-Min and following N’Jie’s knee surgery, the 22-year-old is expected to be sidelined for up to three months.

It is clear to see that a front man is Pochettino’s biggest priority and with only two recognised strikers in the team until March, a new signing is vital if they want to finish in a Champions League spot in May.

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Saido Berahino
Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
Mauricio Pochettino
West Bromwich Albion

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