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Stoke City May Quit Chase of Saido Berahino, Claims Mark Hughes

Stoke City may soon accept their defeat in the pursuit of strikerSaido Berahino according to manager Mark Hughes.


The club have been chasing the West Brom striker for quite a while, but Tony Pulis seems unwilling to sell the star forward for anything less than £ 30 million. Berahino has also been linked with Tottenham which makes it doubly tough for Stoke to come away with the prized signing. Spurs will be able to offer Champions League football for the England international whereas Stoke City have been quite inconsistent with the European qualification over the last few years.

West Brom are expected to sell the striker before the end of this transfer window since he is out of contract next summer. The 23-year-old will also not bring in any training compensation if he leaves next summer because it applies only for players under the age of 23. Hughes has been looking hard to strengthen the attack at Stoke City. A player like Berahino joining the club will also be a huge boost to the names like Bojan Krkic. Up until now, the former Barcelona youngster has been the only noteworthy signing made by the club since they took a new direction under the regime of Hughes.

"We're quite a way down the line with that one, in terms of going back and to. I'm not really up to date in terms of where we are at this moment in time.You have to let these things run their course and give them the time that they deserve. There may well become a point, not necessarily with these negotiations, but certainly some deals just go on and on and you get to a point where you have to make a decision to move on,” said the Stoke City manager about Berahino.