Liverpool have been handed a massive boost in signing Tottenham Hotspur striker target Saido Berahino in January, according to the Mirror.
The West Bromwich Albion star has been in impressive form this season, scoring 14 goals in all competitions. His brilliant display for the Baggies has attracted interest from top Premier League clubs, with the Reds and Spurs keen to secure his services.
Berahino is valued to be around £20m and has two-and-a-half years left on his current deal, which he signed in November 2013. Despite that, West Brom are willing to hand him a new contract, which would make him the highest paid player in the club's history.
The Baggies are set to triple his wages to almost £65,000-a-week. However, the England U21 international has spurned a chance to sign a new deal as he is keen on making a switch to Anfield in the ongoing transfer window.
Liverpool and Tottenham are struggling with a shortage of quality strikers in the squad. Brendan Rodgers has seen all his strikers struggle this season, while the north London club are heavily relying on Harry Kane.
With lack of options at both the clubs, they are set for a January battle in signing the West Brom striker. Berahino has now set his sights on joining a top club in England.
The Merseyside club are yet to make an approach for his services and the striker is hoping that the Anfield club will submit a bid. Failure from Liverpool to do so will see Tottenham steal Berahino in January.
Meanwhile, the English striker scored the crucial goal during his side's 1-0 win over Hull City on Saturday. This comes after he netted four times in the third round FA Cup Conference Gateshead.
Berahino chose not to celebrate any of the goals he scored in the FA Cup, but went on to celebrate after scoring the only goal of the game against Hull. He is puzzled as to why he is in the spotlight for not celebrating his goals in the FA Cup and has dropped a major hint that he could leave his current employers.
"I have big ambitions but at the moment I'm a West Brom player, I'm enjoying my football and I'm contributing goals so I'm happy," Berahino explained.
"But to all my fans out there, I'm just trying to enjoy my football, make everyone happy, keep going forward and maybe one day achieve my dreams."
"I don't understand why people were having a go at me for not celebrating. It is not in the rules that you've got to celebrate when you score. Loads of players don't."
"But I'm always the one getting blamed and picked out at West Brom. I just smile at it and keep my mouth shut. I celebrated with my sister," he added.