With the Premier League season well underway, transfer speculation continues to circle. One of the most widely publicised rumours is Saido Berahino to Tottenham Hotspur. Here’s five reasons why I think a deal is on the cards.
1. West Brom now have six senior strikers
With Rickie Lambert and Salmonón Rondón amongst the strikers acquired this summer alone at the Hawthorns, it is clear that Tony Pulis’ side are swimming in strikers. Despite starting in the defeat to Manchester City, Berahino would not be as sorely missed now as he would have perhaps been at the start of the window.
2. West Brom spent £12million on Salomón Rondón, the speculated amount Spurs will offer for Berahino
With the Baggies far from financially gifted, the £12million spent on Zenit forward Rondón is a sum that they will be desperate to recoup. Spurs are reportedly said to have offered between £10-15million for Berahino, and with the chance for a minimal profit, Albion chairman Jeremy Peace will be keen to offload the forward.
3. Tony Pulis has communicated with Spurs this summer
Speaking to 5Live last week, Pulis told reporters that he was aware of Spurs’ pre-season preparations which revealed that the two clubs have perhaps been communicating. In a conversation about Tottenham, Pulis also mentioned his praise for Pochettino, as well as his willingness to let Berahino go.
4. Spurs are desperate for a striker
With it widely known that both Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado are set to leave White Hart Lane this summer, Harry Kane would be left isolated up-front. With Berahino’s future hanging in the air, it is likely that this deal is yet to go through with a ‘chain’ of transfers set to be completed should one of these potential moves happen. Spurs’ desperation for a striker is likely to be used by the Baggies to boost their profits on the England U21 forward.
5. Saido Berahino has played with much of the Spurs squad before
With the likes of Tom Carroll, Alex Pritchard, Eric Dier and most notably strike-partner Harry Kane having played with Berahino on international duty, this could be a particularly interesting incentive for Pochettino. A partnership between Kane and Berahino at White Hart Lane could secure the necessary goals for Spurs to launch a top-four bid.