Crystal Palace line up striker signing - and want to pay £15m less than Tottenham
By Alex Taylor
Crystal Palace have identified a cut-price move for Saido Berahino as they look to bolster their attacking line-up this summer, according to a report.
Berahino is about to the enter the final year of his West Brom contract and has been pursued by a number of Premier League rivals, most notably Tottenham.
The Daily Mail claim the West Brom forward is valued at just £7million by the south London club.
This is £15million less than the £22million fee that Tottenham have been quoted to land the 22-year-old striker.
The north Londoners have long coveted a deal for Berahino but a frosty relationship between chairman Daniel Levy and his West Brom counterpart Jeremy Peace scuppered hopes of an agreement last summer and again in January.
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There has also been strong interest in the versatile young forward from Newcastle and Stoke, with both clubs closely pursuing him in January and the Magpies tabling a £24million bid.
Palace are reportedly hoping to get a bargain price for Berhaino by taking advantage of the fact West Brom will be forced to sell up or risking losing their star striker for free next season.
Manager Alan Pardew, who tried to sign the former England Under-21 international when he was at Newcastle, wants Berahino to link up with Connor Wickham and Dwight Gayle.
West Brom’s number 18 has become renowned for his sharp finishing and quick movement, scoring 36 times in 113 appearances for his current club – including netting 20 goals in the 2014/15 season.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are closing in on the signing of a new striker after an agreement was reached.