West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke expects Saido Berahino will agree terms on a new deal at the Hawthorns within 24 hours, according to the club’s official website, wba.co.uk.
Berahino, 20, has been on sensational form to start the 2013/14 campaign, having scored six goals in nine first-team appearances, albeit just four starts, across all competitions.
The England Under-21 international, who netted in back-to-back matches against Arsenal and Manchester United in late September, is out of a contract at the end of the season.
A host of top European clubs, including the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton and Monaco, are reportedly monitoring the highly-rated 20-year-old ace.
However, Albion boss Steve Clarke is confident the player in question will sign a new contract at the Hawthorns.
“I’m confident Saido will sign his new deal within the next 24 hours,” said Clarke.
“It will be great for him because he’s a young boy and he’s maybe become a little bit distracted by the fact it’s been going on for so long.
“That’s been a little negative for the whole situation but there are not too many negatives surrounding Saido this season.
“He’s been a breath of fresh air in the squad, he’s been a revelation and has made a big contribution to us already.
“When he signs his contract he has a massive part to play for us for the rest of the season.”
Berahino is 3/1 to score at anytime against Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday.
Crewe sign Mesca
League One side Crewe Alexandra F.C. have completed the signing of Buomesca Tué Na Bangna, commonly known as Mesca, from Fulham on a short-term loan deal.
Mesca, whose current contract the Craven Cottage expires in the summer of 2016, will wear the No. 28 shirt at Crewe.
The 20-year-old Guinea-Bissau-born midfielder has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular at Craven Cottage since arriving from Chelsea in 2011.
Crewe have the worst goal-scoring record of any side in League One, and are subsequently second from the bottom in the league table, four points from safety.
Manager Steve Davis will be hoping Mesca can propel his team out of the relegation zone as soon as possible; the Railwaymen’s next three matches are against mid-table opposition (Crawley Town, Coventry City and Shrewsbury Town).
Expect Davis to throw Mesca straight into the fire when Crewe host Crawley Town at the Alexandra Stadium on Saturday, 30 November 2013.