Saido Berahino broke on to the scene last season with West Brom, earning regular starts and substitute appearances, and generally looking like a fine player for the Baggies' future. This season, he's kicked things up to a whole other level, and now he's attracting attention from much bigger clubs than West Bromwich Albion.
In eleven all-competitions matches this season, Berahino has scored a whopping nine goals, including six goals in his last five matches. Now Liverpool are reportedly interested in adding him to their stable of attacking talent, considering putting together a January move for the 21 year old.
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in Berahino as well, with a £15 million pound offer being rumored. According to reports, however, West Brom won't sell the forward for less than £25 million, a stunningly high amount for a young striker, even one as talented as Berahino.
If any young striker potentially on the market might be worth that much, though, it'd be Berahino. He's athletic, and has significant natural technical gifts that have shone so far this season, gifts that would mesh well with Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side when it has been as its best.
The question is how he'd fit in to the side as currently constructed, and that's a tougher thing to figure out right now. With a similarly talented striker coming in to the side next season in Divock Origi and two other high-end talents currently in the squad in Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli (issues with injury and form aside), it's hard to see a sure place and fit for Berahino.
Still, if you can get your hands on a talent like his and are comfortable with the price, you just do it and figure out the rest later. Or at least that's what you do in FIFA or Football Manager. In real life, taking that approach risks pissing someone off, and that's not something Brendan Rodgers and company will want to be doing. As such, this isn't a rumor likely to pan out... but it's well worth keeping an eye on to see what happens, just because of how good Berahino could be at his peak.