Stoke submit £20m bid for Saido Berahino

The Potters have reportedly made a £20m move to acquire the services of The Baggies forward.

Stoke submit £20m bid for Saido Berahino
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Stoke City have tabled a £20m bid for West Bromwich Albion forward Saido Berahino, according to reports.

Sky Sports report that the England U-21 sees his future firmly away from The Hawthorns, with Crystal Palace and The Potters closely monitoring the situation. It would appear however, that Stoke boss Mark Hughes has made the first move.

Berahino has notched 100 games for Baggies

Since breaking through to the The Baggies first team in 2013, the forward has amassed 100 appearances and scored 23 goals in that period. 

Since Berahino's much-publicised spat with club chairman Jeremy Peace - after a deadline day move in January 2015 was rejected - the 22 year then came out on social media stating that 'he would never play for the club under Peace again'.

Berahino was excluded for the majority of the 2014/15 campaign afterwards, with the arrival of Tony Pulis as boss, citing attitude problems for his absence from the first team. 

Reduced substitute role for forward  

After the summer recruitment last year of striker Salomon Rondon, Berahino was left of the sidelines for the most part, with Pulis' penchant for a lone striker ahead of a midfield five.

Berahino turned out for West Brom versus PSG in Austria last week (photo:getty)
Berahino turned out for West Brom versus PSG in Austria last week (photo:getty)

Last term Berahino was largely reduced to substitute role, despite a late run in the starting XI towards the end of the season, accompanying Venezuelan Rondon in a front two. Berahino played both games versus Paris Saint-Germain and Kidderminster Harriers over the past week.

With just a year remaining on his existing contract and after 18 months of speculation, his future in the West Midlands looks at an inevitable impasse, after turning down a new four-year deal last week.

Bids 'haven't been accepted yet'

Stoke boss Hughes confirmed their interest in Berahino and also confirmed their long-standing admiration.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Hughes said, "We've put some bids in and as it stands those haven't been accepted yet." He finishes, "But we're still hopeful on them."

West Brom have been linked with a number of strikers this summer including Watford's Odion Ighalo and West Ham United forward Diafra Sakho, with some sources indicating an impending club-record bid expected.