Chelsea have emerged as shock favourites to sign West Brom striker Saido Berahino, the London Evening Standard reports.
The article comes after heavy interest from fellow Premier League sides Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, the latter seeing a move for the Baggies misfit collapse last summer.
Berahino has been in the shadows since that deal fell through after threatening to never play for the club again, marring his fledging career at the Hawthorns.
Chelsea meanwhile are in the midst of a striker crisis, with Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa injured. That leaves Loic Remy as Chelsea’s sole striker, with Guus Hiddink’s side being linked with a range of strikers throughout the January window including AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.
Odds for the Blues to land Berahino’s signature have been slashed to 1/2, although no firm bid has been confirmed and it is unknown if West Brom are willing to let their man go, despite boss Tony Pulis saying any player could leave the club provided the bid was right.