Liverpool are reportedly set to pip Tottenham Hotspur to the £23.5m signing of striker Saido Berahino.
That’s according to Fichajes.net – who claim that Jürgen Klopp is keen to add the West Bromwich Albion forward to his squad.
Berahino’s relationship with West Brom has soured this year and they are likely to allow him to leave in either of the next two transfer windows.
The twenty-two year old has managed just three goals so far this season – but he is far from being a regular under manager Tony Pulis.
He caused controversy in the Summer when chairman Jeremy Peace rejected a series of bids from Spurs and kept Berahino at the Hawthorns.
The striker took to Twitter and said that he would not play for the Baggies again after their refusal to allow him to move to White Hart Lane.
“Sad how I can’t say exactly how the club has treated me.” he tweeted.
“But I can officially say I will never play Jeremy Peace.”
Pulis has mostly used Berahino as a substitute this season and says that it is an exercise in teaching the forward that the team is more important than any individual.
“It’s not a disciplinary thing. But at times you have to make him understand it’s a group.” he said.
“Saido has had almost five months where he has not prepared himself ready to play.” he added.
Klopp might well be interested in adding Berahino to his options after seeing Daniel Sturridge’s injury problems continue to rule him out.
Danny Ings was injured shortly before the German arrived at Anfield and will sit out the remainder of the campaign.
That has left Belgian duo Divock Origi and Christian Benteke as Klopp’s only options up top.
It remains to be seen whether he is genuinely interested in signing Berahino with other areas of the pitch looking like being causes for concern as well.
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