The saga is finally over, or so it seems, as various sources, including John Percy, have reported that Stoke have agreed a fee with West Brom for Saido Berahino.
In a pursuit that has lasted over three transfer windows, Mark Hughes finally seems to have his man, for a reported fee of £10m initially, which is set to rise to £15m after add-ons.
The question is, will he be the answer to our striker problems? After being isolated out of West Brom’s squad, Berahino has reportedly put on a lot of weight, and was sent out to France to improve his fitness. But he has proven he has what it takes to cut it in the Premier League, scoring 20 goals in the 2014/15 season alone (we have been begging for a 20+ goal striker for a while now).
The fee may be questionable given he only has 6 months left on his current contract, but at least the wait is finally over…
Since writing this, West Brom have confirmed that they have agreed a deal with Stoke for Saido Berahino on their website, and the player has been given permission to talk to the club over a move to the bet365 Stadium. IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING!
In other news, it’s been a sad if you’re a fan of the Spanish lads at Stoke, as after the heartbreak of Bojan asking to leave the club, reports in Spain has suggested that Marc Muniesa has agreed personal terms with Real Betis, but the two clubs are yet to agree a fee.
The 24-year-old has been left out of the squad since the return of Ryan Shawcross, despite keeping two clean sheets prior to that. A return to Spain has been teased for a while now, as the defender searches for game time.
The problem is, however, is that Betis don’t have the money to be able to afford Muniesa. Stoke have dropped their asking price to £2.5m, but that would still be too much. A loan deal could be on the cards, with the option of signing him next season when they can recuperate some funds.
Looking at the youth side, and defender Ryan Sweeney has joined Bristol Rovers on loan until the end of the season.
The Irishman joined the club in the summer from AFC Wimbledon for £250,000, and he will look to further his development at the League One side.
He doesn’t look like he’s the only one ready to seek experience out on loan. Stoke Loud and Proud have reported that Wrexham are interested in Ollie Shenton, and also that last seasons Young Player of the Year Joel Taylor may also be loaned out this window.