According to reports from Mirror Football yesterday evening, Tottenham Hotspur are considering a final deadline day bid for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino.
The 22 year-old’s future with the Midlands outfit has been open to speculation for some time, following a 14-goal haul in the Premier League last season and persistent rumours of interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur throughout the summer.
He’s already made a transfer request to leave the Hawthorns following a £19million bid from Spurs last month, which although rejected by manager Tony Pulis has resulted in the Burundi-born attacker’s absence from the Baggies’ last two matchday squads in the Premier League.
Manchester United were linked with a shock bid for the England U21 last week, amid news that Tottenham were reluctant to make another offer due to West Brom’s unrealistic valuation of £30million – although it remains to be seen if the Red Devils are still interested, with their £36million swoop for Monaco forward Anthony Martial seemingly on the verge of completion.
According to Mirror Football, however, the north London outfit have undergone a change of heart. They claim chairman Daniel Levy was discussing the notion of a final bid yesterday evening, structured as £22million up front with another £3million in potential add-ons.
Spurs have a history of completing huge deals on summer deadline day. In 2008, they sold Dimitar Berbatov to Manchester United on September 1st in a £30.75million deal, whilst Gareth Bale moved to Real Madrid for £87million just one day before the transfer window slammed shut in 2013.
But with West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace telling supporters in an official club statement last week; “the sale of the player [Berahino] is not on our agenda,” it seems unlikely the Hawthorns outfit will accept anything less than their aforementioned valuation.