Spurs set aside £15m for Baggies striker Saido Berahino
Tottenham, 3/1 chances with Coral for a Premier League top four finish, are prepared to spend £15m in the January transfer window to bring Burundi-born England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino to north London.
Reports in the weekend tabloids claim Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino has been so impressed by the partnership forged by Berahino and Harry Kane on international duty, that he wants them to play together both for club and country.
Both Young Lions scored as England edged their European Under-21 Championship play-off first leg with Croatia 2-1. Berahino and Kane have netted 16 goals in qualifying between them in a fluid attack under Gareth Southgate.
White Hart Lane outfit Tottenham’s current striking options, Kane, Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor, have scored six in total across all competitions in 2014/15 so far. That figure is as many as Berahino has managed for West Bromwich Albion this season.
Spanish frontman Soldado has been linked with a winter window exit to the likes of Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan after flopping badly for Spurs. The 29-year-old, who cost them £26m last summer, has averaged a goal every three games with his best form coming in the Europa League.
Togo talisman Adebayor, now 30, was Tottenham’s top scorer last term, netting 14 in all competitions. He has just one this season, though.
Berahino’s impressive form for the Baggies and Young Lions has seen the clamour from commentators for a senior call-up increase. Roy Hodgson overlooked him, however, for England’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia.
Despite West Brom head coach Alan Irvine breaking the club’s transfer record to sign Nigerian frontman Brown Ideye, Berahino has been the standout performer at The Hawthorns. A January move to a top Premier League team may be the only way for him to realise senior international ambitions.
Spurs tackle champions Manchester City away at the Etihad next after the international break. Odds of 5/1 say Tottenham can win this tough test.