Saido berahino
Manchester United's English defender Chris Smalling (L) blocks a shot from West Bromwich Albion's Burundian-born English striker Saido Berahino during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich on 6 March Getty

Tottenham are finally set to complete the signing of Saido Berahino from West Bromwich Albion in the summer, with a deal likely to be in the range of £12m ($17m) due to his contract situation at the club. Mauricio Pochettino has been a long term admirer of the player and his arrival will alleviate the pressure on Harry Kane, who has been carrying the Tottenham team on his shoulders for the past two seasons.

The Daily Mail reports that the deal could weigh up to £24m after wages are factored in but with the new TV deal kicking in next season and the Spurs having all but confirmed a place in the Champions League, the deal is unlikely to arouse any trouble for chairman Daniel Levy despite the investment required for their new stadium. The Spurs are currently second in the table, five points behind Leicester City, with Kane scoring his 17th goal of the season against Arsenal in the north London derby.

Tottenham had refused to match the Baggies' valuation of £20m over the past two transfer windows and are reported to have now reached an agreement over signing the player next summer. The striker will enter his final 12 months in contract at the club and has been a bit part player this season after going on an open rant on social media last summer after failing to secure a move to White Hart Lane.

Pochettino is now looking to keep the core of his squad fit, with the likes of Dele Alli and Danny Rose picking up knocks against Arsenal in the recently concluded derby. However, both the players should be available to play Aston Villa in the weekend while Mousa Dembele's return to the first team after missing three games will also come as a major boost as we approach the business end of the season.

Tottenham are currently three points ahead of Arsenal and five ahead of Manchester City, who have a game in hand. However, the Spurs have some difficult away trips to counter and would need to be at their very best if they have to end their 55-year-long wait without the title.