By Will Butcher
Stoke are in talks with West Brom to sign controversial striker Saido Berahino for a cut-price £5million, according to a report.
The controversial 22-year-old has been the subject of multiple transfer sagas over the past two seasons but is available for a cheaper fee as he only has a year left on his contract.
The Daily Mail claim Stoke are trying to sign Berahino for £15million less than the £20million offer by Tottenham last summer.
Newcastle also tabled a £24million bid for the former England Under-21 international in the January window.
The north Londoners have been long-time admirers of Berahino but a frosty relationship between Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and his West Brom counterpart Jeremy Peace scuppered hopes of an agreement last summer and again in January.
However, there remains strong interest in the player, albeit at a much lower price.
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is also interested and has been a long-term admirer, and is looking to get a bargain price for the former England Under-21 international by playing on the fact that West Brom will be forced to sell now rather than risk losing him on a free transfer.
West Brom’s number 18 has scored 36 goals in 113 appearances for The Baggies, and has become renowned for his sharp movement and explosive finishing, which was most prominent during the 2014-2015 season when he netted 20 goals.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are closing in on the signing of a new striker after an agreement was reached.