The Football Pyramid understands Watford are considering making a move to sign West Bromwich Albion striker, Saido Berahino, after rejecting a bid from Leicester City for Troy Deeney.
Berahino has been something of a villain at the Hawthorns after his ill-judged attempt at forcing a transfer to Tottenham last summer, and a move away is once again speculated due to his uncomfortable situation in the Midlands.
The Hornets, we understand, are one of the clubs monitoring the 22-year-old’s situation and are currently contemplating a move, including whether to meet the £15million fee it is believed the Baggies hope to recoup despite Berahino entering the final year of his contract.
The focus on the Albion front man comes in light of genuine interest from Premier League champions Leicester in Hornets’ captain, Troy Deeney, with the Foxes’ potential loss of talismanic striker Jamie Vardy to Arsenal.
It is widely reported the title winners are admirers of the Watford striker, who netted 15 goals in all competitions last season, with SkySports confirming that a bid has been rejected from Leicester for the 27-year-old.
It appears Watford are beginning contingency plans in case Deeney did depart Vicarage Road this summer by turning their attentions to Berahino, who would certainly be an excellent replacement for the Hornets’ skipper.
Though a different style of front man to the current Watford No.9, Berahino’s pace and finishing ability that saw him score 20 goals in all competitions in 2014/15 has not been forgotten by the Hornets’ hierarchy.
It is also understood that the striker’s age, and therefore the potential sell-on value he boasts should he be able to recapture that level of form, is also an appealing factor to those in power at Vicarage Road.
Berahino impressed hugely before falling out of favour at the Hawthorns, but he still scored seven goals last season in just 18 starts for Tony Pulis’ side, which could have been nine had he not, coincidentally, missed two penalties in the same game against Watford.
Finishing the campaign with just seven goals – his lowest return since bursting on the scene for the Baggies – and starting such a low number of games considering his talents, typifies how Berahino has stagnated at West Brom.
His career has undoubtedly come to a standstill at the Hawthorns and a move to Vicarage Road could prove tempting for the striker in order to get himself back on track.
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