Potters not dropping striker interest

2 Sep

Stoke chairman Peter Coates has indicated the club may resurrect their pursuit of West Brom striker Saido Berahino in January.

Stoke: Potters not dropping striker interestStoke: Potters not dropping striker interest

The Potters spent the majority of the summer pursuing a deal for the Albion hitman but could not negotiate an acceptable price as the Hawthorns outfit refused to budge on their £20million valuation.

Stoke’s failure to bring in Berahino meant they had to switch transfer targets late on, eventually landing Wilfried Bony on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City on transfer deadline day.

However, despite having the Ivory Coast international on board, Stoke’s interest in Berahino still remains and they could move for him again in the new year.

With Berahino’s contract having less than a year to run, West Brom are expected to lower their valuation for the striker rather than risk losing him on a free transfer next summer and Coates says the Potters will keep a close eye on the situation.

“We will just have to see how that plays out and we don’t know what West Brom’s strategy will be on that one either,” Coates told the Sentinel, when asked about Berahino.

“But overall, we are pleased with how things turned out in this window for us.

“Obviously we had the long saga with Berahino, which didn’t happen in the end, but we are more than pleased with Bony coming in and we believe he will be a good signing.

“I’m sure Mark will enjoy working with him and we are confident he can replicate his Swansea form with us here at Stoke.”


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