Report: West Bromwich Albion to delay Saido Berahino's move to Stoke City

West Brom's Saido Berahino looks dejected after the game

Stoke City are closing in on signing Saido Berahino from West Bromwich Albion.

West Brom's Saido Berahino

According to a report in the Express and Star, West Bromwich Albion will not sanction a deal for Saido Berahino until they have signed his replacement.

Berahino is widely expected to leave the Hawthorns, with Stoke City closing in on signing the 22-year-old.

West Brom's Saido Berahino looks dejected after the game

Tony Pulis has decided that keeping Berahino against his wishes for any longer is not advisable.

Berahino had been linked with Tottenham Hotspur previously, but it is Stoke that appear to have won the race for the young striker’s signature.

The Potters are prepared to pay £16 million for the front man, who has just one-year left on his contract at West Brom.

West Brom's Saido Berahino celebrates scoring their third goal

The Baggies are ready to allow Berahino to leave, but the deal is some way away from completion.

West Brom do not want to go through with the transfer until they are confident of signing Berahino’s replacement.

The Baggies realise that bringing in a clinical forward will be important, and want to feel totally that they will be able to cover for Berahino’s void if he does leave.

West Brom's Saido Berahino celebrates scoring during the penalty shootout

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