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Stoke City enter race for wantaway striker

| 12.01.2016

Stoke City have entered the race to sign wantaway West Brom striker Saido Berahino and hope to have jumped ahead of long-time admirers Tottenham in the queue.

Potters boss Mark Hughes believes the addition of a striker of Berahino’s ilk would elevate his club to the next level and with Spurs baulking at the £15m asking price he feels a deal is there to be struck.

Berahino’s relationship with his current club continues to falter after the player said he would never turn out for the Baggies again when refused a move to Spurs in the summer.

He has since returned to the starting line-up and continues to be a threat in front of goal but manager Tony Pulis is said to have grown tired of the Englishman’s timekeeping and could finally be ready to sell.

However, it could be a case of one in, one out at the Britannia with contract negotiations with Marko Arnautovic grinding to a halt.

The Austrian has been in fine form this season, scoring a brace in a 2-0 win over Manchester City, but with the player and the club said to be some way from an agreement over his £100k-per-week wage demands and rumoured interest from Fenerbahce the 26-year-old’s Premier League career could soon be cut short.

Stoke are currently just five points off a top six place and can be backed at 12/1 to finish among the European places and the signing of Berahino could be the difference.

Next up for the Potters is a home tie against Norwich for which the hosts are priced as the even-money favourites.

The Canaries can be backed at 3/1 to claim all three points, while the draw is on at 11/5 but with news of the Berahino interest in the air it could pay to back the Potters’ current crop of attackers to fire on all cylinders.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.