Saido Berahino: Stoke complete deal to sign West Brom's 23-year-old striker

Berahino
Saido Berahino last played for West Brom on 10 September in a 1-0 Premier League defeat by Bournemouth

Stoke have signed West Brom striker Saido Berahino for a fee of £12m on a five-and-a-half-year deal.

The 23-year-old's contract had been due to expire at the end of the season, and the Baggies offered him a new deal for a third time in December.

He has not played since September and his relationship with the club had broken down since the 2014-15 campaign.

"I've had a tough two years but everything happens for a reason. I'm mentally stronger now," Berahino said

"Now I am finally here I just can't wait to start. For Stoke to show their faith in me is unbelievable," he added.

"On match fitness I am not there yet, but I am going to work hard to get myself back so I can help my new team-mates climb the table."

Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said: "We've signed a young English striker who has already proven his ability in the Premier League.

"After a frustrating period he's now desperately keen to reignite his career and we look forward to seeing him do that with us."

Berahino reacted angrily to a bid from Tottenham being turned down on transfer deadline day in summer 2015 and two months later tweeted that he would never play for West Brom again under then-chairman Jeremy Peace.

And in January 2015, he scored four goals but barely celebrated in what was interpreted as a sign of his growing disillusionment at the Hawthorns.

Speaking after Saturday's 4-0 defeat by Spurs, West Brom boss - and former Stoke manager - Tony Pulis had said Berahino would not be sold "unless it is right for the club".

He added: "It has to be a two-way situation. That has always been the situation; we will not sell the lad because it suits him."

England Under-21 forward Berahino is the Potters' second signing of this transfer window after the loan deal for Derby keeper Lee Grant was made permanent.

This content will not work on your device, please check Javascript and cookies are enabled or update your browser

This site is optimised for modern web browsers, and does not fully support your browser

Top Stories

Get Inspired Activity Finder

Run by the BBC and partners

Find ways to get active near you: