News from the Midlands today that West Brom are now willing to sell Saido Berahino, to anybody but Newcastle.
The local (to West Brom) Express and Star newspaper say that their information is that West Brom’s Chairman Jeremy Peace has privately made clear that the club will consider bids of more than £20m.
However, he is also said to have made clear that any such offer from Newcastle wouldn’t be accepted because the risk would be too great of West Brom potentially replacing United in the relegation zone, if the striker hit the ground running at St James Park.
Currently, the Baggies lie in 14th place just four places and seven points ahead of Newcastle who are third bottom.
Ironically, Newcastle’s next home game is against West Brom a week on Saturday (6 February), which could potentially see Newcastle close to within only one point of the visitors with 13 games to go.
Obviously, as well as Newcastle defeating West Brom, that would also rely on United defeating Everton and Tony Pulis’ team losing to Swansea in the coming midweek. However, that just shows how putting together two or three wins can transform things and why Jeremy Peace is allegedly still worried about a relegation struggle.
Presumably a reluctance to sell to Newcastle would also extend to the other teams at the bottom but United are the only relegation contenders who have been seriously linked with the striker.
The Express and Star say that the only way they understand West Brom would remotely consider selling to Newcastle, is if they put in an ‘outrageously large’ bid….seen as they are expecting starting bids of over £20m, you can only start to dream of what an outrageous one would be, for a player who hasn’t even been selected to start a Premier League match in the last three months!