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Saido Berahino scored seven goals in all competitions last season

West Bromwich Albion have turned down £20m bids for striker Saido Berahino from Crystal Palace and Stoke City.

It is understood Palace’s bid for the 22-year-old was £20m plus £3m in add-ons, while Stoke’s offer was £17m up front with £3m in add-ons.

Berahino scored 20 goals in 2014-15 but struggled for form last season, scoring just four times in the league.

Palace are short of options up front after selling Dwight Gayle to Newcastle for £10m.

Analysis

BBC Radio 5 live reporter Pat Murphy:

“Palace’s bid is more straightforward than the one from Stoke earlier this week.

“West Brom’s owner Jeremy Peace is determined to push the price up, reflecting the inflated market due to the new Premier League television deal.

“And they won’t sell until they’ve lined up a replacement for Berahino.”

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Georginio Wijnaldum has won 30 caps for the Netherlands

Liverpool have signed Netherlands international Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle for £25m.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who had a medical with the Premier League side on Friday, has signed a five-year contract.

Wijnaldum joined Newcastle for £14.5m from Dutch side PSV in 2015, playing in all 38 of the club’s Premier League games last season and scoring 11 goals.

He is the Reds’ seventh signing of the summer so far.

The others are:

It is understood Liverpool will pay an initial £23m with a further £2m in conditional add-ons.

Wijnaldum will join the Reds on their pre-season tour of America, where they will play Chelsea (27 July), AC Milan (30 July) and Roma (1 August).

He began his career at Feyenoord before moving to PSV Eindhoven and has made 30 appearances for the Netherlands, helping them finish third at the 2014 World Cup.

He scored on his Premier League debut in August 2015 and found the net a further 10 times during the season, including four in a 6-2 win over Norwich, but could not prevent Newcastle being relegated to the Championship.

Liverpool finished eighth in the Premier League last season and a 3-1 loss to Sevilla in the Europa League final ensured they will not be playing in European competition in 2016-17.

Klopp’s side begin their Premier League campaign away at last season’s runners-up Arsenal on 14 August.

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