An interesting Sunday as the ‘Saido Berahino to Newcastle’ reports/rumours go through the roof.
The speculation and various claims reached their peak with Sky Sports reporting that Newcastle had emailed an offer of £21m for Berahino to West Brom.
All very interesting, especially when today also happens to be the very last day when the majority of Newcastle season ticket holders can cancel for next season.
For those supporters on the monthly direct debit schemes at a fixed price (apart from the membership price increase), the last day in January is when you need to cancel if you don’t want to be tied into going next season.
With Berahino having made clear he wanted to go to Tottenham and West Brom saying they won’t accept anything less than £24m, some fans were still sceptical of whether Mike Ashley was really serious about trying to buy the 22 year old striker.
Now Luke Edwards of The Telegraph has said that West Brom aren’t happy about today’s offer being made public and have suggested that ‘it was leaked by Newcastle’ as a ‘PR exercise’.
Despite relations between the two clubs becoming ‘very strained’ according to Edwards, he says that if Newcastle match West Brom’s £24m price tag they could still sell.
So PR exercise or serious bid? With the transfer money flying about and what is at stake overall in terms of relegation/survival, what is another £3m between friends?
Luke Edwards via his Twitter account:
“Hint of PR exercise about Berahino bid with suggestion from WBA it was leaked by NUFC after they turned it down. Told not for sale weeks ago.
“If NUFC want Berahino they are going to have to bid £24m. I’m told WBA may sell for that figure. Smoke and mirrors.
“Told relations between WBA and NUFC have become very strained. Somebody is playing a media game over Berahino, which hasn’t gone down well.”
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