Transfer news: Berahino on the move, Schmeichel to Man United, Witsel to Tottenham

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Chelsea are the new favorites to land wantaway West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino in January, with bookmakers slashing the odds on him ending up Stamford Bridge.

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Berahino, 22, hasn’t started a game for the Baggies since Oct. 31 and has fallen out with Tony Pulis following West Brom turning down four bids from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer. The England U-21 star has only scored four times this season and has only appeared off the bench over the past three months but Chelsea are said to be ready to snatch him in January and bolster their attacking options. However, the Daily Express is reporting that Newcastle United are ready to pounce and are eyeing up a move for Berahino and Tottenham winger Andros Townsend.

West Brom may well cash in on Berahino now rather than risk his value dropping even more after an unsavory few months at the Hawthorns following their insistence to not sell their star striker.

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Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel has refused to rule out signing for Spurs with the London Evening Standard once again running the story after speaking to the midfielder in Qatar during Zenit’s winter training camp. Tottenham reportedly made a late bid last summer to try and sign the defensive midfielder. Witsel, 27, is excelling under former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas in Russia but after four years in St Petersburg perhaps the Belgian international is ready to take his talents to the Premier League.

His Marouane Fellaini esque hairdo will raise eyebrows and his defensive work in midfield, coupled with a smooth passing style and strength in the air, will suit the PL well. Spurs currently have English youngster Eric Dier playing out of position in the holding midfield role and he’s doing a sterling job. Do they need $25 million Witsel? The report claims Witsel may move to White Hart Lane in the summer and is currently focused on Zenit.

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Wrapping up the transfer news, The Sun claims that Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is being lined up by Manchester United. Schmeichel, 29, would follow in his fathers footsteps if he did sign for the Red Devils. His dad, Peter, was the goalkeeper for many of their most successful years under Sir Alex Ferguson, winning multiple Premier League titles and a UEFA Champions League during his time at Old Trafford. The report centers around the fact that if David De Gea leaves United for Real Madrid either this January or in the summer — it all hinges on if Real manage to overturn their transfer ban for the next two windows — then Schmeichel will be signed as his replacement.

With just two campaigns in the PL under his belt it could be risky but there’s no denying Schmeichel Junior has many similar attributes to Schmeichel Senior and he’s already a full international, like his dad, for Denmark. Quick, accurate kicks and bring brave to dive at the feet of opponents are some of Schmeichel’s biggest strengths.