Saido Berahino has yet again failed to force a move away from West Bromwich Albion for the second transfer window in succession. It was once more left down to the final day of the market and ended in frustration for Berahino. So where does he go from here?
The striker took to Twitter to voice his annoyance saying: “Everyone waiting once again for the silly little spoilt boy to make the same mistake so here you go. Goodnight and thanks for the support”. This is not the first time that Berahino has vented his anger on the social media platform either, after the transfer window last year he said: “Sad how I can’t say exactly how the club has treated me but I can officially say I will never play [for] Jeremy Peace”
Despite this claim of never playing for Peace again, he played two weeks later and it was thought the problem was sorted. However, four months later, an almost identical scenario came about. For the whole of January, it looked certain that Berahino would be leaving The Hawthorns but yet again, Jeremy Peace would not allow it.
So, what’s next for Berahino? The obvious step would be that he is sold in the summer. This is looking even more likely now that the striker is going to speak to West Brom’s owner; Jeremy Peace, over the next few weeks about finding a resolution next summer. With significant interest from three Premier League clubs; Newcastle, Stoke and Tottenham, it is difficult to see this not happen, especially with Newcastle making a bid of £21 million in January. Tottenham carried their interest over from the summer window when they had three bids rejected. This may now be the best option for West Brom due to the fact he only has 18 months left on his contract.
An alternative option is that Berahino’s contract is run down. This could be another possibility because £20 million or more is a lot to spend on a player who will be out of contact 12 months after the summer window, so this could be preferable to other clubs. This might also be a good choice for West Brom because they would still have the service from a quality striker who is capable of scoring plenty of goals but is he really going to want to play for a club that’s holding him ransom? This could lead to huge unrest in the dressing room as well as the 22-year-old potentially refusing to play. This option would not be ideal for Berahino as he could ‘waste’ a further year of his career, not what any player wants. However, Berahino may have no other option but to be part of a club he’s been trying to escape for the last year.
So who will Berahino play for next? As mentioned earlier, Tottenham, Newcastle and Stoke were the front runners for the highly rated striker. If Newcastle get relegated, I cannot see Berahino wanting to play for a Championship side, especially with interest from elsewhere. Mark Hughes is building a phenomenal squad at Stoke and Berahino would be a great addition. Nevertheless, I believe that Tottenham are still in pole position and they will still be interested in getting the deal done next summer, even if it is a whole year after they first declared interest in him.
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