Two reports in today’s press claim that Saido Berahino is set to join Spurs this summer, but there is no consensus when it comes to the proposed fee for the player.
Berahino’s contract with the Baggies expires in the summer of 2017, but while such a situation does lead to the devaluation of a player, it might be a mistake for the club to be too aggressive in their negotiation.
After all, Mauricio Pochettino was left short of the striker he craved last summer, after a series of bids late in the transfer window that fell short of West Brom’s expectations.
It would be silly to risk the deal falling through again, by trying to get Berahino on the cheap. The Mirror’s valuation of £20m shows a realistic drop in price from the £25m quoted last summer. If Pochettino still wants the player, just get the deal done.
Waste too much time haggling over Berahino and we run the risk of further aggravating WBA and/or another club beating us to him. After all, who wouldn’t take a punt on a player of his quality if the asking price was just £12m?