Manchester City have stepped up their interest in West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino and are preparing a move for the England international this summer, according to the Sunday People.
The Cityzens are likely to let go of Edin Dzeko this summer after allowing Stevan Jovetic to leave on loan and are left with only Sergio Aguero and Wilfried Bony to lead their line. Berahino would add some much needed depth to the squad and also fulfil their home grown quota, which has been mandated by the FA.
City have already moved early in the market to sign Raheem Sterling from Liverpool and Fabian Delph from Aston Villa but their 4-2 defeat against Stuttgart has started alarm bells, which need to be addressed before the transfer window draws to a close.
The 2013/14 Champions flattered to deceive last season, finishing eight points behind winners Chelsea and with an underwhelming start to their pre-season campaign, will have to perform exceedingly well to start the season on top.
The news will come as a major shock for Tottenham, who have been heavily linked with a move for the player and were considering a bid in the near future, according to the Daily Mail. However, they do not stand a chance in front of the financial superiority of City, who can meet West Brom's £25m ($39m) valuation of the player without much deliberation.
Mauricio Pochettino is looking to strengthen his attack, which has been his major Achilles' heel last season with Harry Kane the only prolific striker at the club. Emmanuel Adebayor is set to join Aston Villa on loan, according to the Mirror, while Roberto Soldado is also being considered for a move out of the club.
Berahino has been in good form off-late, scoring 14 goals in the league last season and it is believed he can go further if equipped with quality providers behind him.