Saido Berahino could emulate Jermain Defoe at Tottenham

West Brom forward Saido Berahino appears set for a move away from the Hawthorns this summer, and Spurs must move fast or risk losing out on the England Under-21 star. Berahino was linked with a move to White Hart Lane in January, but West Brom were reluctant to lose their star man mid-way though the campaign, despite the striker's desire to move on.

Mauricio Pochettino's side now appear to be favourites to land the youngster, with numerous publications reporting that a bid from the North London outfit is imminent.

Misfiring duo Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado are both seemingly heading for the exit, a reunion with Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa appears to be on the cards for the former, while reports of interest in Soldado from Sevilla are gathering pace.

Berahino netted 20 goals in all competitions for the Baggies last season, with 14 coming in the Premier League, a higher tally than any Spurs player bar Harry Kane. 

Berahino has drawn comparisons with former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, and despite both forwards sharing the pace and sharp-shooting abilities to cause problems for any defence, the Baggies man appears far more capable of leading the line alone when required.

Defoe's most fruitful spells in front of goal have occurred when lined up alongside an archetypal target man, currently with Steven Fletcher at Sunderland and previously with Peter Crouch at both Portsmouth and Spurs.

Lining up alongside Crouch under Harry Redknapp at Tottenham, Defoe notched up his highest career tally in the 2009-10 season with 24 goals in 43 games in all competitions.

Berahino, on the other hand, netted seven of his 14 Premier League goals last season when leading the line alone, a vital attribute for a forward who will be required to deputise for Harry Kane should the England international be sidelined. 

Berahino, 21, also featured out wide and behind the striker for Tony Pulis' side last season, netting an impressive four goals in three games when deployed in the number 10 role. While Christian Eriksen is first choice for this role at Tottenham, Berahino could be a shrewd alternative for the position should the Danish international be sidelined or an injection of pace be required.

Despite the unlikelihood of Berahino strolling into Pochettino's first XI should he make the move to North London, the England Under-21 international could play a pivotal role in the squad as the season wears on, providing a viable alternative for multiple positions in attack.