White Hart Lane side look to reach Baggies valuation with addition of player into striker bid.
White Hart Lane scouts were present at the Hawthorns as Saido Berahino bagged four goals in West Brom’s 7-0 FA Cup third round win over Gateshead and Tottenham are readying a bid for the 21 year old this month.
Mauricio Pochettino is keen to strengthen his attack but chairman Daniel Levy is reticent about forking out the £23m needed to reach the striker’s reported valuation and will instead look to cut the cost by offering a player as part of a part-exchange deal.
Berahino impressed at the start of the current campaign, netting seven goals in nine Premier League fixtures, but then went on a run of more than two months without netting. This period coincided with a drink driving incident and there is growing speculation that Tony Pulis may be open to selling the England Under 21 international to help boost his transfer fund pot.
Such speculation might explain Berahino’s apparent lack of celebration following his four goal haul and a move to north London may well interest the starlet striker.
Levy will look to keep the cost down by offering a player, or even two, in a bid that would amount to the sum West Brom want for Berahino.
Pochettino is willing to offer the likes of Kyle Naughton, Aaron Lennon and Moussa Dembele in such a deal and whilst the Argentine would happily also make Paulinho and Emmanuel Adebayor available neither player is likely to consider such a switch.
Tottenham have struggled for goals this season with Harry Kane the club’s only effective striking option, with Pochettino being indebted to a decent tally from the likes of Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen with Erik Lamela, Roberto Soldado and the aforementioned Adebayor all failing to net regularly.