Finally. It has been reported today that tomorrow should see an end to the Saido Berahino saga that has dragged on for months.
West Bromich Albion owner, Jeremy Peace, had put a stop to any Berahino transfer until he had secured a replacement. Earlier today, it was reported that West Ham striker, Diafra Sakho was that man.
Sakho, 26, has agreed personal terms with West Brom according to a journalist close to the club.
This has seemingly paved the way for Saido to join Stoke with no dramas, right? Wrong.
BBC journalist, Pat Murphy, tweeted that Berahino does favour Stoke City, but that does not mean a transfer will be so straight forward.
All summer, Stoke have had to rival Crystal Palace for his signature, with Palace seemingly outbidding Stoke and even overtook Stoke yesterday when national bookmakers had them as favourites to sign Berahino.
It has also been reported that Southampton could join the race for the Albion forward, but it seems like Berahino has his mind set on Stoke.
Stoke City have always been open about their interest in Berahino from the offset, Mark Hughes openly admitted his interest in the 22 year old, admitting that Stoke have had an inital bid rejected, whilst Chairman, Peter Coates, confirmed in a radio interview that Stoke were to go back in with another bid.
Local newspaper, The Sentinel also reported that Hughes may tempt his predecessor, Tony Pulis with an option to include either Joselu Mato, Peter Crouch, or even Mame Diouf in a potential deal.
Berahino would be Stoke’s third signing of the summer, and also would smash a club record that was set in January, when Stoke City brought Giannelli Imbula from FC Porto for a club record, £18.3 million.
The former England U21 striker now has less than 12 months on his contract at West Brom, so Peace should be eager to finally get an end to this saga.
Having the chance to play regularly should tempt Berahino, and playing behind a trio of Marko Arnautovic, Bojan Krkic and Xherdan Shaqiri is a mouth-watering prospect for any striker.