SCFC Links: Saido Berahino
Marc Espley continues his look at players linked with a move to Stoke.
The latest man under the spotlight is West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino.
Berahino had a disjointed last campaign, but continues to be labelled as one of the most promising players in the country.
Although he has just one year remaining on his contract, West Brom would be entitled to a decent tribunal pay out should he decide to run out his contract until the end of the 2016-17 season.
In all likelihood it seems as though Berhaino will depart the Hawthorns this summer though. Stoke placed a bid in the region of £22 million last season, but this was rejected to ensure West Brom staved off relegation.
I’d expect Stoke to re-engage their interest, but reports of Crystal Palace making a bid of £7 million will be laughed at in the blue and white striped walls of Jeremy Peace’s office, I’m sure.
In my opinion a bid of £15-18 million may persuade the Baggies to part with the player.
He may be touted as a trouble maker by some, but he could be the type who just needs a different type of man management to prosper.
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