Stoke swoop back in for Berahino

Stoke City have revived their interest in West Bromwich Albion forward Saido Berahino by submitting a fresh bid, according to Sky Sports.

What’s the word?

The Potters have been interested in Berahino for some time, but so far, West Brom have clung onto the England Under-21 international.

Stoke reportedly failed with a bid last summer, but Sky Sports claim that the new offer is less than the £20m tabled at the end of last season.

Berahino has had a dismal few months having not played for the first team since September due to a lack of form.

The 23-year-old was also sent to a training camp in France earlier in the season in order to bring down his weight and improve his fitness.

Despite making just five appearances this season, Berahino was offered an improved contract for a third time earlier in the campaign, but the forward rejected it, reports Sky Sports.

Why do Stoke continue to persist with Berahino?

The West Brom academy product sparked attention from rival clubs when he scored 20 goals in the 2014-15 campaign, but he has dwindled since then.

The Baggies have stood firm in their stance that the young player is not for sale, but it appears as though Berahino does not see his long-term future at The Hawthorns having turned down numerous contract offers.

It does seem a slight risk from Stoke’s point of view given that Berahino is lacking Premier League sharpness, but the forward showed glimpses of what he possesses while playing for the Under-23s on Monday night.

He scored twice in a 3-3 draw with Aston Villa, which could be the reason why Stoke have now opted to pounce.

For Berahino, he needs to move on in order to revive his career because at the moment he is not been given a chance by manager Tony Pulis.

If West Brom decide not to sell this month, they risk losing Berahino for nothing in the summer when his contract expires.

 


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