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Chelsea ready to steal another Spurs transfer target to upgrade Falcao in January — report

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Saido Berahino tried his hardest to get out of West Bromwich Albion in the final days of the summer transfer window, but unlike Raheem Sterling, he was neither quick enough or nor successful enough with his maneuvering.  He simply left it too late, and gave his club no choice other than to put their foot down and make him stay.

Berahino obviously did not take this too kindly, even going as far as claiming that he'd never play for West Brom again while Chairman Jeremy Peace was there.  True to his name, Chairman Peace eventually brokered one between player and club, but according to an "exclusive" in the Telegraph, said peace might not last beyond January.

Chelsea have added Saido Berahino to their list of striker targets and are considering a £20million bid in January.

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[Berahino] has since [the summer] been reintegrated into Tony Pulis's squad, scoring three goals this season, but now seems certain be the subject of renewed speculation in January.

Spurs were ready to take Berahino away in the summer already, and presumably they would be in with another attempt as well, while plenty of the other usual suspects would also be keeping a keen eye out for the status of the 22-year-old who's clearly got a bit of talent in his speedy boots.

The report adds another voice to those expecting Falcao to cut his loan short when the transfer window opens.  Replacing him with someone who'd not only provide a needed set of legs but also would conceivably be an upgrade would be the ideal move for us.  Add in the fact that Berahino is homegrown, and certainly more "proven" at this level than any of our other homegrown options like Patrick Bamford, and he just might not be the worst way to spend £20m.