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Newcastle join in hunt for Saido Berahino

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Newcastle United have joined Tottenham in the battle for Saido Berahino's signature come January, according to reports.

Steve McClaren's side are just one place above the relegation zone and in desperate need of a striker.

The Magpies are reportedly lining up a January bid for the striker worth up to £25 million which could swoop in and take the 22-year-old, whose contract is up at the end of next season.

It is believed that Newcastle hope to capitalise on the frayed relationship between Albion chairman Jeremy Peace and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Peace and Levy were involved a public war of words in the summer when Spurs had three bids for Berahino turned down.

Peace accused Spurs of using "antics" to unsettle Albion's star striker despite being told he was not for sale.

Attempting to force through the move, Berahino handed in a transfer request.

He also said on Twitter that he would never play for Peace again but has since deleted the tweet.

The Burundi-born hitman came through Albion's academy and has been the club's top scorer for the past two seasons.

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He netted 20 times in total last season but has been hit and miss so far this campaign.

Although he is joint-top scorer with three goals alongside record summer signing Salomon Rondon, those goals all came during a mini-run of form in four games.

He was left on the bench at Old Trafford before coming on and missing a gilt-edged opportunity to equalise.

Albion boss Tony Pulis said the English striker is yet to reach the same level of fitness as last season.

This isn't the first time Newcastle have been linked with Berahino.

In the summer of 2014 they were reportedly lining up a bid when Alan Pardew was maanger that never materialised.

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