Boost for Liverpool as potential Sturridge replacement’s move to Tottenham hits the rocks

Tottenham Hotspur’s prospective swoop for Saido Berahino could be scuppered by Andros Townsend’s reluctance to go the other way to West Bromwich Albion.

The Mirror reported over the weekend that Spurs were planning to use the out-of-favour England winger as bait to land their long-term strike target with a £10m-plus-player bid.

Townsend has not played for Mauricio Pochettino since October 22 and is desperate to play regularly in the second half of the season to salvage his Euro 2016 hopes, according to The Mirror.

West Brom are one of the clubs, along with Watford, that have been linked with the 24-year-old, who has been given a £14m asking price by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, reports The Sun.

But Sky Sports claims that Townsend does not want to move to the Baggies and instead has his eyes on a move to Newcastle United, who are also interested in talking to the speedy wide-man.

That could block Berahino’s route to White Hart Lane because Tottenham were not willing to meet Albion’s asking price for the 22-year-old with any of their three bids last summer, Sky Sports adds.

This gives fresh hope to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who The Mirror claim has identified Berahino as a replacement for Daniel Sturridge as he grows impatient with his forward’s injury problems.

The Daily Star reports that Berahino has his heart set on a move to Tottenham, but he is unlikely to turn down a move to Anfield if Spurs cannot strike a deal with Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace.

The Mirror also credit Everton and Stoke City with the Burundi-born forward, while Sky Sports suggest that Newcastle are favourites for his signature. Looks like this one could go to deadline day!

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