Stoke boss Mark Hughes admits Tottenham would be attractive option to players wanted by both clubs as Saido Berahino is linked by report

The two sides are set to battle over the 22-year-old striker.

Stoke have reportedly joined Tottenham in the race to sign West Bromwich Albion forward Saido Berahino, according to The Telegraph, but Mark Hughes has seemingly hinted that his own team will struggle to compete with the title contenders for the signature of any target they are both pursuing.

The Telegraph claims that both sides - who meet in a crucial Premier League clash on Monday - were considering making a move for the 22-year-old during the January transfer window, but have now put the forward on their respective lists of targets for the summer.

And while Hughes did not name the Baggies striker when discussing their chances of competing with Spurs for a signing, he did concede that Mauricio Pochettino's side's position in the league and the progress they have made in general would make them an appealing option for any player who had to decide between the two clubs.

"By all accounts Spurs will always have an interest in quite a few players we are interested in," he told The Telegraph. "There are players out there who you express an interest in - but because they are good players there will always be other teams involved.

"If we're being realistic, if a player has a choice of Spurs or Stoke, then we could pitch up and make a good case for them to come here.

"But they may feel Spurs is a more attractive option and we have to accept that."

While Spurs are still Leicester City's nearest challengers at the top of the table, the Potters arguably have one advantage over Pochettino's side when it comes to selling themselves to a player like Berahino.

With both sides favouring a system that sees one striker play up front on his own, the former England under-21 forward may look at Harry Kane's amazing form and question how much game-time a move to White Hart Lane would give him.

Meanwhile, at the Britannia Stadium, there is arguably no single player that leads the line quite so convincingly as Kane does, so perhaps he would feel that he would stand a better chance of becoming a focal point of the side if he moved to Stoke rather than Tottenham.

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