EXCLUSIVE | By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham have made moves for Saido Berahino and Javier Hernandez as they plan to buy two new strikers before the transfer deadline, Football Insider sources understand.
Spurs have set aside £25million to spend on Berahino and Hernandez after identifying them as possible replacements for Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado.
The London club have opened talks with West Brom and Manchester United about the two forwards and chairman Daniel Levy will this week step up efforts to sign the pair.
Berahino started alongside Rickie Lambert for West Brom in their Premier League clash against Manchester City on Monday night but has resisted the Midland club’s attempts to tie him down to a new contract.
Football Insider revealed last month that Tottenham had opened preliminary talks with West Brom about Berahino after identifying him as one of their primary targets to strengthen Mauricio Pochettino’s front line.
An opening offer of around £12million is expected imminently for the England Under-21 international, although West Brom are holding out for a fee closer to £20million. A fee could be settled at around £15million.
Spurs are also in the driving seat to capture £10million-rated Hernandez, who has slipped down the pecking order at United under Louis van Gaal.
The Mexican has returned to Old Trafford following a dismal season-long loan at Real Madrid but the Premier League giants are willing to listen to offers for the player and it is increasingly likely he will leave this summer.
Pochettino is pressing Tottenham chiefs to recruit two proven front men after naming just one orthodox striker, Harry Kane, in their 18-man squad that lost 1-0 against Tottenham on Saturday.
The Londoners are trying to offload misfit duo Adebayor and Soldado, with neither striker asked to make the trip to United last Saturday.
West Brom are trying to tie Berahino down to a new contract that would replace his existing £15,000-a-week deal, which has two years remaining.
Despite Tony Pulis’ desire to hang on to the forward, Spurs believe they have been given further hope by the Midlands club signing striker Salomon Rondon for a club-record £12million from Zenit St Petersburg on Monday.
White Hart Lane boss Pochettino wants Berahino to link up with Harry Kane next season in a reprisal of their partnership for the England Under-21s.
A knee injury forced Berahino to withdraw from the European Championships last month but he is now fully fit and is considered a viable option to refurbish Spurs’ front line.
The 21-year-old has scored 29 goals in 81 appearances for the Baggies and was their top scorer last season with 20 strikes, including 14 in the Premier League.