Report: Everton eye proven PL scorer for January deal, player wants move
By Harvey Byrne
Everton will attempt to land West Brom striker Saido Berahino in January, according to a report.
The Sun claims that the 23-year-old forward is wanting a move away from the Midlands side and will exercise his right to speak to clubs in the last six months of his deal.
It is said that Roma, Inter Milan, Nice and Stoke are all interested in the former England Under-21 international.
However, the report states that Toffees boss Ronald Koeman is planning to persuade Berahino to snub other clubs and make the move to Goodison Park in the winter/
The striker is a proven goal scorer in the Premier League with 23 goals in 105 appearances in England’s top flight in total.
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He first broke onto the scene in the 2014-15 campaign for West Brom, which saw him score 20 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions.
However, after that campaign he was linked in a lengthy transfer saga with Premier League rivals Tottenham, which left him at war with West Brom and ultimately unhappy.
Berhaino has not been the same player since the summer of 2015 and has scored just seven goals since.
He has played five times this season without getting on the score sheet and with his contract set to run out in the summer he could prove a cheap addition for Everton.
Football Insider verdict:
Berhaino clearly has some attitude problems and now at 23 it is just a question of whether he is a player that failed to meet his early potential, or whether there’s still a star with the right management. However, one thing clear from Koeman’s time at both Southampton and Everton is that he will not take anything like Berahino’s current actions lightly and will prove to the forward who’s boss. The Dutch manager is however currently struggling to bring the full talents out of Ross Barkley and the same could happen to Berahino. Although given the expected cheap price of the attacker he will be of little risk and could prove a worthy addition in the future.
In other Everton transfer news, Koeman is planning a bid for this contract rebel in January.