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Darren Lewis: Big bucks for Saido Berahino or the safe option with Charlie Austin?

27 Aug | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Darren Lewis: Big bucks for Saido Berahino or the safe option with Charlie Austin?

Another transfer window, another deadline-day dilemma for Spurs - Daniel Levy has a decision to make, says the Daily Mirror sports writer

So what does Daniel Levy do now?

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace has him over a barrel.

With his replacement already signed in the shape of Salomon Rondon – and Saido Berahino playing into his hands with that transfer request – the cards are stacked in the Baggies’ favour.

Peace wants a whopping £30million for Berahino, well aware that Spurs are desperate for reinforcements and have left themselves in an end-of-transfer window pickle yet again.

Their justification is that the 22-year-old striker scored 20 goals last season – never mind the fact that he scored only nine the year before – and that he is English.

Also that they are loath to lose him, even though there are noises coming out of the Hawthorns that they actually wouldn’t lose any sleep if or when he goes.

It all leaves Levy with a decision to make: go into Soldado territory, having had his fingers burnt with the £26million Spaniard and £30million Erik Lamela, or go for the likes of Charlie Austin?

The QPR striker has always been in the section of the Tottenham thinking entitled: If All Else Fails.

His club have always been insistent that, despite bids of £12million from Leicester and (according to sources at Loftus Road) Crystal Palace, he is not leaving for anything less than £15million.

His 18 goals in a relegation side last season underline the fact that he has already done it in the Premier League.

It simply depends on whether Spurs rate him enough to believe he can do it in a better side.

To be fair to Spurs, they have received plenty of criticism for leaving themselves in this position yet again.

But they have worked hard this summer to offload the underachievers in order to clear the decks for the new arrivals.

They have focused on ensuring their bloated wage bill is not inflated any further by bringing in new faces before the old ones are out of the door.

It is not the way that other clubs have worked.

Liverpool knew they simply had to bring in better players up front going into the new season in order to prove to the ones that had failed them that they had no future.

The result? Two wins, a draw and a greater sense of optimism at Anfield than there has been for some time.

But Spurs were prepared, yet again, to give their rivals that traditional August head start in the Premier League as they concentrated on their outgoings.

It leaves them now with another tight few days.

Harry Kane will continue to hold down the fort by himself up front against Everton this weekend with Lamela’s head already back in Italy.

Match special: 13/2 – Harry Kane to score first and Tottenham to win

With that Tottenham midfield still too lightweight it could be another tough afternoon with the likes of Ross Barkley in fine form.

Yet there are reasons to be cheerful in north London.

Dele Alli has shown he could yet be the goalscoring midfielder that most successful top-flight teams tend to have while the news that Spurs are trying to complete a deal for winger Son Heung Min at Bayer Leverkusen should improve the mood.

The South Korean international can play on either side as well as centrally and has 21 goals in 62 League games for the German club. He’d go a long way of erasing the memory of Lamela.

If Tottenham can also land Victor Wanyama, who was left out of the Southampton squad for their Europa League game with, ahem, a stomach infection, they could yet emerge stronger from another uncertain transfer window climax.

Once again, however, it is the late, late show at White Hart Lane.

You get the feeling Levy actually enjoys it this way.

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