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

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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.

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