Tottenham prepare Saido Berahino bid
By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham are preparing a Saido Berahino bid as they step up plans to reinforce their attack, Football Insider sources understand.
Spurs are in the driving seat to capture the West Brom striker despite interest from other Premier League clubs, including Manchester City.
Mauricio Pochettino is pressing Tottenham chiefs to recruit a new front man after naming just one orthodox striker, Harry Kane, in their 18-man squad that lost 1-0 against Tottenham on Saturday.
The manager has set his sights on Berahino and an opening offer of around£12million is expected for the England Under-21 international.
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 Pochettino’s front line.
Tottenham are trying to offload misfit duo Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado, with neither striker asked make the United trip.
The Londoners are willing to pay around £15million for Berahino but West Brom value him at above the £20million mark.
The Midlands club 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 can take advantage of the takeover talks that have limited West Brom’s transfer market activity.
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.
City could be in the market for a new striker, as the departure of Dzeko would leave Manuel Pellegrini with only Sergio Aguero and Wilfried Bony as the club’s senior centre-forwards even though record signing Raheem Sterling is also capable of leading the front line.
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.