Arsenal are reportedly pondering a move for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino in the January transfer window, according to reports in Telegraph.
The England Under-21 international has burst onto the scene following a string of impressive performances for Steve Clarke’s side, scoring an impressive five goals in six appearances in all competitions so far this year, in his breakthrough campaign in the club’s first team.
The report claims that Arsene Wenger has added Berahino to a list of January transfer targets as he looks to bolster his forward line, which has looked more than a bit thin so far this season.
He also scored the winner in the 2-1 victory over Manchester United last month and has been watched by scouts representing Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton in recent weeks.
The 20 year old is currently in negotiations with the club over a new contract which will surely dwarf his current £850 a week deal that is set to expire at the end of the season, naturely it has alerted Arsenal to the possibility of landing him on the cheap this January.
Berahino sought asylum from his native Burundi aged 10 with his family and joined West Brom in 2004 before signing professional terms seven years later. He had loan spells at Northampton Town, Brentford and Peterborough United before earning his first start for West Brom in the League Cup against Notts County.
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He scored a hat-trick on his debut, and has continue his fine form on the international stage with goals in successive games for the England Under-21′s against Moldova and Finland, which has worked to further enhance his reputation as one of the nation’s rising stars.
Arsenal’s hopes of signing Berahino in January rest on a delay in the player agreeing terms on a new contract. The Gunners would be expected to offer the youngster a better financial than the Baggies and potentially some first team action considering the dearth of options upfront. He can play behind the striker and can also play on the wing with the speed he possess.
The Gunners have a number of top talents coming through the academy but not many strikers are making the grade except for Chuba Akpom. If Wenger is really interested then it will not be too difficult to sign him should he catch wind of the Arsenal bosses interest, it may prove to be too good an opportunity to turn down.
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