West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino is set to hold discussions with Tony Pulis this week, potentially paving the way to a £15 million move to Liverpool, as reported by the Daily Star.
Berahino’s outlook on his time at West Brom could be demonstrated by the fact that he didn’t celebrate any of the four goals that he scored against Gateshead in the FA Cup at the weekend – a game which the Midlands side won 7-0.
The 21 year old is expected to be told by Pulis that the former Stoke manager is keen to continue working with him, despite Berahino’s recent attitude issues.
Pulis is believed to pride himself on working with players with perceived attitude problems.
However, Berahino might push for a move.
The England under-21 international is believed to see his future with a big club, one that is likely to qualify for the Champions League in the near future.
Should the talks between boss and player not work out, it could play into the hands of Liverpool, who are willing to offer West Brom £15 million for the young star during this month.
Liverpool hero Phil Thompson has told Brendan Rodgers to forget about signing West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino in the January transfer window, as reported by the Daily Star.
Instead, Thompson is keen to see his old club spend their cash on Argentinian international and Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain or Paris Saint Germain’s unsettled forward Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Both players are thought to be keen on transfers away from their current sides, despite only joining them in the near past.
Lavezzi was recently fined by manager Laurent Blanc for failing to return to training, and he could see his playing time cut even further as a result.
Higuain has been dropped to the bench as a result of poor form, having moved to Napoli in 2013 for £32m.
Berahino has had his attitude questioned in recent days, having celebrated in a protesting manner after scoring for West Brom in the FA Cup at the weekend, suggesting he wants out.
Thompson said: “I would not like to think that Saido Berahino is their prime target as a striker.
“Yes, Liverpool do need a striker with injuries to Daniel Sturridge and the difficulties that Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli have had at the football club.
“Brendan Rodgers likes his forwards to have pace. You see Raheem Sterling currently playing as an out-and-out centre forward, and he has done very well, but maybe he does not possess the finishing quality of Berahino.
“I think that Liverpool need someone who is a bit more established and who has played at a higher level like Gonzalo Higuain or Ezequiel Lavezzi, somebody of that ilk to come in following the news about Steven Gerrard’s departure.
“For me, I would not go for Berahino, although I can see the advantages of having him, but I tell you what, he has to change his attitude.”
Liverpool can only bring West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino to the club once they get rid of Italian forward Fabio Borini, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
The Reds are supposedly set to capture the England under-21 international for £23.5 million, according to recent reports, in an attempt to improve their striking options going into the second half of the season.
Their biggest rivals for his signature, Tottenham Hotspur, are now set to pursue Burnley striker Danny Ings instead.
However, before the Anfield club can spend another big sum on a striker, Brendan Rodgers has been told that he needs to fund a move by getting Fabio Borini to leave the club, according to The Sun.
This might turn out to be more difficult than expected.
Borini saw a £14 million bid for him from Sunderland accepted for him in the summer, but he turned down a switch in the hopes of establishing himself with Rodgers’ side.
He has, however, only made one start in the league.