West Brom’s latest moves suggest Saido Berahino will finally leave
Saido Berahino’s West Brom nightmare could be coming to an end shortly, if we read into the latest movements from the Baggies and boss Tony Pulis.
The Black Country outfit have already had a bid accepted by Hull for Jake Livermore, believed to be in the region of £10m.
And it’s emerged today that Pulis might soon be landing Watford’s Odion Ighalo too.
That deal, said to be around £17m, would only push Berahino further down the pecking order.
Ighalo hasn’t settled into Walter Mazzarri’s system at Vicarage Road, but netted 14 Premier League goals last season.
So with the Baggies set to splash out around £25m this week, it makes more sense than ever to offload Berahino and offset that sizeable outlay.
The 23-year-old hasn’t featured for the Baggies since September.
There are no shortage of admirers of the England striker, with Stoke City and Crystal Palace among the frontrunners.
The Potters’ sole top-level out-and-out striker is Wilfried Bony, but the Ivory Coast man is A) on loan from Man City, and B) in Gabon right now on international duty.
Stoke’s current main man up-top is Peter Crouch, and for all his efforts, he turns 36 a week on Monday.
And as for Palace, Sam Allardyce is known to be eagerly seeking reinforcements to revive his beleaguered Eagles.
So much so in fact, that it’s been frequently touted that the Selhurst Park outfit might part ways for Christian Benteke, freeing up around £30m to invest elsewhere.
That would certainly give the south London club enough financial legroom to bring in Berahino.
So while it may be quiet at the top end of the Premier League this January, it’s about to get very hectic in the midfield, both on and off the pitch.
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