Revealed: Tottenham set to seal £22million deal after breakthrough
By Editor Wayne Veysey | Former Evening Standard, Press Association and Goal chief correspondent with 17 years experience of breaking big stories, including exclusives like this
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Tottenham are increasingly hopeful of signing Saido Berahino in the summer after peace talks with West Brom, Football Insider sources understand.
Spurs are willing to pay around £22million to land the forward and end one of the longest-running transfer sagas in English football.
The north London club have long coveted Berahino but a frosty relationship between chairman Daniel Levy and his West Brom counterpart Jeremy Peace killed hopes of a deal last summer and again in January.
The Midlands club also rejected a £24million offer from Newcastle in January amid fears they could be dragged into a relegation battle.
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Berahino has also made it clear that his heart is set on a move to White Hart Lane to reduce the options of Peace and West Brom.
A Spurs source has told Football Insider that the club are willing to pay around £22million to land the forward in the summer as they target a proven Premier League front man to complement Harry Kane.
Peace recognises that the best outcome for his club is to maximise the fee while Berahino still has one year remaining on his contract rather than sell him for a smaller compensation sum in the summer of 2017.
Top-level conversations have take place between the clubs to give encouragement that a deal can finally be agreed.
Berahino was frozen out by West Brom manager Tony Pulis for much of the season but he is now back in the team and showing some of the form that first alerted Spurs to his potential.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are confident of keeping hold of Jan Vertonghen and tying him down to a new deal.