Date: 21st January 2017 at 10:03am
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Saido Berahino has finally completed his transfer to Stoke after signing on a five and a half year contract for a fee of £12m that could rise to £15m.

Berahino was a player Mark Hughes wanted to sign in the summer with the former England U21 international in dispute with West Brom – basically – since he was refused a transfer to Tottenham in 2015 and went on to suggest he wouldn’t play for the club again.

The 23 year old hadn’t been involved that much last season and hasn’t played for West Brom since September with the Baggies citing a lack of match fitness behind his failure to appear.

West Brom had offered Berahino a new contract in December – a third approach of a new deal – with former Stoke boss Tony Pulis recently saying the striker wouldn’t be sold ‘unless it was right for the club.’

Well, that right deal has been reached as Berahino is now at the bet365 Stadium with him saying he’s looking to put a tough two years behind him and repay the ‘unbelievable’ faith Stoke have shown in him.

Berahino was quoted by the BBC as saying.

‘I’ve had a tough two years but everything happens for a reason. I’m mentally stronger now. Now I am finally here I just can’t wait to start. For Stoke to show their faith in me is unbelievable. 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.’

Commenting on the deal chief executive Tony Scholes added on the Official Website.

‘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.’

We’ll all hope that we’ll see absolutely no repeat of some high profile unsavoury moments with Berahino when at West Brom – all too often played out in public – now that he’s at Stoke and the striker will let his actions ON the field do the talking.

If he can reclaim his best form he’ll prove a fine addition to the squad but there’s always going to be that ‘what if’ worry when it comes to Berahino and how he might react to potential interest…

Berahino joins Lee Grant in arriving at Stoke this month.

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