Sunday 18 March 2018

Spurs' bid for Berahino goes to the wire as Baggies dig in

Berahino is still hoping to complete a move to White Hart Lane in the final hours of the transfer window
Berahino is still hoping to complete a move to White Hart Lane in the final hours of the transfer window

Jeremy Wilson

Tottenham Hotspur are being left to sweat over their last-ditch bid to sign striker Saido Berahino by West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace.

Berahino is still hoping to complete a move to White Hart Lane in the final hours of the transfer window and West Brom manager Tony Pulis has already lined up a double raid on Queens Park Rangers for Charlie Austin and Matt Phillips with the incoming cash. Peace, however, is still yet to sanction a deal for £25m-rated Berahino and has left Spurs and Pulis guessing over his next move.

Spurs have had two bids for Berahino rejected, but are willing to make another offer closer to Albion's valuation if Peace will do business. Austin is wanted by a number of top flight clubs, including Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Norwich, and has a strict £15m price tag.

Phillips, a winger, has been another priority for West Brom though they have been deterred by his valuation of £10m.

Tottenham are also hoping to offload Emmanuel Adebayor and Aaron Lennon before the transfer window shuts. Adebayor is a target for Aston Villa in a loan deal which could run until the end of the season. Villa are also hoping to tie up a £1.5m deal for defender Joleon Lescott, who joined West Brom barely 12 months ago.


West Ham have targeted Lennon, but the winger is believed to favour a return to Everton, where he spent part of last season on loan.

Marseille have made an offer to take Tottenham record signing Erik Lamela on loan until the end of the season.

Fabio Borini has finally signed for Sunderland a year after describing Liverpool's efforts to make him join the North-East club as "madness".

The 24-year-old Italian has moved to the Stadium of Light in an £8m deal and Liverpool could also ship out another outcast today, full-back Jose Enrique, who could move to West Brom. Like Borini, Enrique has also been training away from the first-team squad.

Liverpool have announced the £400,000 signing of Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi, who will immediately head out on loan with ssecond division German side FSV Frankfurt.

Meanwhile, Dubliner Eoin Doyle could move from Cardiff to Preston today just nine months after joining the Welsh club.

The 27-year-old has scored five times in 18 appearances for the Bluebirds but has not been involved in the league this year. That alerted Championship rivals Preston who are prepared to table a £850,000 bid for his services ahead of the close of the transfer deadline.

Elsewhere, St Patrick's Athletic could be presented with another offer for a talented young player after losing Chris Forrester to Peterborough United over the weekend. Swansea and League Two Portsmouth are eyeing up a late move for Irish U-21 international Sean Hoare. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

The centre half attracted interest from Hull in January and MK Dons are long term admirers. Injury issues have caused him problems this summer but the Saints could still be presented with a dilemma today.

West Ham United are attempting to clinch three new signings ahead of the closure of the transfer window - striker Nikica Jelavic, forward Victor Moses and midfielder Alex Song. Hull City's Jelavic has shot to the top of West Ham's striker targets after Emmanuel Adebayor missed a scheduled medical with the club last week.

West Ham are in talks with Chelsea over a loan deal for Moses with a view to buy the 24-year-old at the end of the season and are on the brink of agreeing another one-year loan deal for Song. Barcelona had been willing to grant Song, who spent last season on loan at Upton Park, a free transfer but an ankle injury that will keep him out until mid-October means another loan is preferable to West Ham.


Southampton are confident of completing an pounds 11.5 million deal today

(Tuesday) for Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk and also keeping both Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane. Wanyama missed Sunday's 3-0 win against Norwich City after telling manager Ronald Koeman that he wants to leave amid interest from Tottenham. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino signed Wanyama for Southampton previously but relations between the clubs have been soured over the past 18 months and Koeman is adamant that his player will not leave under any circumstances. Southampton have said the same about Mane, who was a target of Manchester United.


Arsenal's hopes of signing a first senior outfield player of the summer were fading last night, despite another day spent exploring various options around the world. Paris St Germain is understood to have been a particular focus for Arsenal's recent enquiries and, while there has been interest in Edinson Cavani, Adrien Rabiot and Marco Verratti, they have received little encouragement.

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