As reported by The Daily Mail, Everton are interest in signing West Brom’s talented Saido Berahino in the January transfer window.
With Yannick Bolasie out with a long-term injury and Ronald Koeman having little depth in the forward areas past Romelu Lukaku, Everton are on the hunt for fresh attacking talent.
The Mail report that Saido Berahino is one of the players on his wish-list this month.
The Baggies are determined to hold on to the forward, whose contract expires in the summer. They’ve offered him a £60,000 per week deal according to the paper, but it’s unlikely he’ll accept.
That means that Tony Pulis is willing to let him leave for a fee around £10m. With Everton and a number of other Premier League clubs circling for his signature, it’s unlikely to be a fee that proves a stumbling block for any potential transfer.
Berahino has had a frustrating season at West Brom, struggling with an injury since September and only just returining to full fitness.
Tipped to be an England international for years, The Baggies have struggled to keep hold of their man at times. In the summer they reportedly rejected £20m offers from Stoke City and Crystal Palace, highlighting his value to other Premier League clubs.
Everton are no different and if they can bag their man for half that price it’d likely be very good business indeed. The Toffees need more depth in the final third and he not only offers an alternative to Lukaku but can also play out wide in replacement of Yannick Bolasie.
The 2014/15 season showed he can be a very effective Premier League footballer, knocking in 20 goals in all competitions for his side.
If Koeman can get that sort of form out of him, there’s obviously no doubt he has the calibre to be a star at the Toffees.