In the past two days, a number of English news outlets, namely the Chronicle, the Metro and the Express have reported that Newcastle United are set to make a £20m offer for Saido Berahino and blast their way in front in the race for the mercurial youngster.
The 21-year old, originally from Burundi, burst onto the scene last year scoring 20 goals for the Midlands club. He’s also scored 10 goals in 11 games at U21 level for the national team.
Berahino has been linked with a move away from the Hawthorns since midway through last season where he was rumoured to be a target for Tottenham Hotspurs. The North London club continue to be the favourites for the striker and at the time of writing this are 4/11 with Sky Bet to land the striker, but according to the above mentioned publications that could change very quickly. Newcastle United, who are on a bit of a spending spree this summer are reportedly very interested in Berahino – Enough so to break their own transfer record of £16m in the process.
The Magpies have already landed Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, and Chancel Mbemba this summer, and are reportedly looking to bring in at least one more signing. Now, Charlie Austin is the most likely target and is still odds-on to join the Tyneside club but the club are reportedly haggling over the £15m fee demanded be QPR. This in itself should be enough to make you question whether we’d be willing to part with £20m for Berahino.
Most Newcastle United fans will tell you that we need a centre back before anyone else, but lets play devils advocate and say that our next signing will indeed be a striker. Who do you go for?
On one hand you have Charlie Austin – 26-years old, a proper old fashioned English centre forward, he’s guaranteed goals at every level he’s played at up until this point in his career, and he’ll bully opposition defenders whilst doing it. I’ve even heard some Newcastle fans claiming he’s the heir to Shearer – Lets calm down lads, please.
On the other hand you have Saido Berahino, 21-years old, just starting out in his career, has already burst onto the scene, has scored goals at the same level as Austin, and has arguably the better pedigree given his performances at the national level through the youth ranks.
When you look at Newcastle’s current crop of players going forward, Berahino would certainly make a welcomed addition. A front line of Ayoze, Mitrovic and Berahino would be thrill-a-minute. Add to that the raw talent of Aarons and the juices start to flow.
Providing that the club would be willing to part with the money for either player, who would you rather have? Charlie Austin or Saido Berahino? Let us know in our poll!
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