Newcastle United prepare £18m bid for wantaway Premier League star

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren is keen to end Saido Berahino’s frustration with West Bromwich Albion, according to the Daily Mail.

The former England boss is reportedly desperate to introduce for goals into the team having watched his side notch just 24 times in 22 games.

£13.5m summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic has impressed in his all-round play this season, though continued to squander chances in the recent 2-1 win over West Ham.

The Baggies star has not started a game under Tony Pulis since mid-October as he struggles for form and fitness following his failed summer move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Reports in the Daily Mail suggest Magpies owner Mike Ashley has given the green light in order to smash the club’s transfer record by making an £18m bid for the 22-year old.

‘Sources’ claim the North East giants will formalise their interest over the coming days as they look to follow on from the £12m signing of England international Jonjo Shelvey.