Newcastle are reportedly ready to launch a £15million bid for Saido Berahino after making the West Brom striker their No 1 transfer target this month.
And Berahino is next on Newcastle’s hit-list, according to reports on Tuesday – and are also hopeful of completing a deal to add Tottenham’s England winger Andros Townsend.
West Brom star Berahino, 22, is in demand with Chelsea and Stoke also interested, while Liverpool have also been mentioned as possible suitors for the England Under-21 striker.
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Newcastle boss McClaren is desperate for a new centre forward and original target, Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette wants to stay in France before joining a “Champions League club” next season. He also saw another target, Charlie Austin, move to Southampton at the weekend for just £4million.
Berahino was high on McClaren’s wanted list last summer, but the club prioritised target man Aleksandar Mitrovic’s arrival.
West Brom know that Berahino only has 18 months left on his contract and could be tempted to sell before his price drops further.
West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace does not want to lose him on the cheap – and Newcastle are ready to come in now which could give them a big chance.
Albion do not want to deal with Tottenham after their fall-out in the summer when Peace refused to deal with Daniel Levy.
Stoke have also made enquiries but Chelsea are also candidates, although their interest is more likely for the summer.
McClaren says Newcastle have had to be “patient” to land their targets. He hinted a week ago that a striker was a priority, because the club had not scored enough goals this season.