According to The Telegraph, Stoke City want to sign three homegrown players this summer.
The report claims that Norwich City’s Nathan Redmond and West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino are on the short-list as boss Mark Hughes wishes to add British talent to the creativity provided by foreign stars.
Despite a poor run of form toward the end of the campaign, performances at the Britannia Stadium have been much more exciting for supporters largely thanks to an influx of creative talent.
Stoke’s impressive squad of players now boasts the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Bojan Krkic, Ibrahim Afellay, Marko Arnautovic and Giannelli Imbula, yet balance is key as they bid to prove.
The Telegraph mentions Norwich’s exciting winger Redmond as a target, and they may not have too much trouble in getting him as the Canaries ace enters the last 12 months of his contract at Carrow Road.
Berahino, in contrast, is an ambitious move considering the Baggies are Midlands rivals and they will no doubt be looking for a big-money sale after rejecting previous bids from Tottenham Hotspur.
The report states how Tony Pulis’s men still value their England U21 international at around the £20 million mark, a fee which would surpass Stoke’s current transfer fee record.
Berahino, 22, managed just four Premier League goals this past season yet he remains one of England’s brightest talents.