COMMENT By Will Butcher
Everton would get their Premier League season back on track if they signed Saido Berahino in January.
The 23-year-old attacker is likely to be offloaded if a reasonable bid for him is received by West Brom chiefs, after featuring just five times for the Baggies this season.
Known for his quick turn of pace and ability to find the back of the net, Berahino would be the perfect Everton signing for these three reasons:
Potential January bargain
Out of contract in the summer, West Brom are likely to cash in on their academy product before they risk losing him on a free when his current deal ends in June.
With that in mind, Tony Pulis’ side could offer Berahino to any interested parties in a cut-price deal.
Ronald Koeman should look to sign the Burundi-born England international but must move quickly as Berahino is likely to attract interest from other sides.
Enner Valencia, Oumar Niasse and Arouna Kone
Everton’s back-up to Romelu Lukaku is weak, to say the least.
Niasse has spectacularly failed on Merseyside following his £13million move from Lokomotiv Moscow, and is likely to be offloaded at the first available opportunity.
With Kone struggling to overcome a number of injuries and Valencia yet to make an impact at Goodison Park, Berahino should be brought in to provide adequate cover for Lukaku.
Versatile in attack
Berahino can offer quality both out wide and in the number 10 role as well as his natural position as a centre-forward.
Yannick Bolasie, a £30million summer signing from Palace, is set to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury and Berahino could provide cover for the Democratic Republic of Congo international out wide.
With Ross Barkley also reportedly interesting Tottenham, Berahino could be the perfect buy for Koeman.
In other Everton transfer news, this Serie A hotshot is reportedly on the radar of Koeman after scoring seven goals in 13 domestic starts.