Tottenham are looking to kick off the overhaul of their squad with the signing of £25 million-rated West Bromwich Albion goalscorer, Saido Berahino.
It is looking increasingly likely that Spurs will be busy once the transfer window re-opens next week, as Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly unhappy with the lack of key players within his squad. While he has reportedly identified a number of key targets, he is also looking to offload a number of players in order to fund his plans. Paulinho, Vlad Chiriches, Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend could all find themselves elsewhere when the window closes in February, while Emmanuel Adebayor, Moussa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen could also be moved on.
With both Adebayor and Robert Saldaldo proving largely unimpressive so far this season, scoring just six goals in 32 appearances between them, and youngster Harry Kane unable to carry the team single-handedly, Pochettino is in the market for a frontman to turn his side’s fortunes around.
It was rumoured that he was interesting in reuniting with the only Southampton star still remaining from his time in charge, Jay Rodriguez. However, the forward has failed to recover from a persistent knee injury that has ruled him out since April. It was believed that Rodriguez would return this month, but Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has since revealed that he is now unlikely to return before February.
As a result, Berahino has emerged as Tottenham’s top target this January, with the club happy to meet West Brom’s £25 million valuation in order to land the highly-rated 21-year-old ahead of their Premier League rivals. The youngster, who has featured for the England youth squads throughout his career, was recently called up to England boss Roy Hodgson’s first-team, after an impressive start to the season has seen him score eight goals in 15 games for the Baggies.
Both Liverpool and Manchester United have been linked with Berahino in recent weeks, but Spurs now look most likely to grab his signature.
Also on Pochettino’s radar is defender Hector Moreno, who he worked with during his time at Espanyol. The Argentine is keen to be reunited with his former man and is hoping that he returns from a broken leg before the window snaps shut.
The Spurs board are happy to provide Pochettino with some funds to strengthen in January, but a big overhaul will have to see some players going in the opposite direction. Prepare for a busy January at White Hart Lane.