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West Brom expecting Berahino bid, but Spurs after their replacement

This is an awfully strange situation.

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We've yet to receive any report of a bid by Tottenham Hotspur or anyone else for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino, but the Baggies aren't waiting for one to get their ducks in a row. They're already making a move for young Manchester United striker James Wilson, who would be a direct replacement. -- but they're not the only ones.

Spurs are looking into signing Wilson as well, which makes sense. If they can't get Berahino, they still want a young homegrown striker. And if they can get Berahino, Wilson would probably top West Brom's list.

Adam Crofton of the Daily Mail is one of many who has this story right now, and he says it might even be a permanent move.

It's possible that nothing happens with Berahino and WBA are just doing their due diligence. It's also possible that Spurs aren't that interested in Wilson, but are just jerking people around.

We haven't heard a rumored fee for Wilson if he leaves United, but it would likely be well south of the £25 million West Brom are asking for Berahino. And if it's way south -- say, half -- wouldn't we rather pick up Wilson? Berahino is proven, but it's hard to believe he's worth what West Brom are asking. Wilson is less proven, but has similar upside.