Leeds should make ambitious move for Stoke's Saido Berahino

Leeds United should make move for Stoke forward as they look to bounce back from Chris Wood's departure.

As Leeds United consider their options to replace striker Chris Wood, they should consider a striker once regarded as one of English football's brightest hopes.

Just two years ago Saido Berahino was being lined up by Tottenham for a £25 million move, which West Bromwich Albion regretfully rejected.

The striker lost focus as a result and went on to be sold to Stoke City for £12 million in January.

Unfortunately for Berahino, he has struggled to recapture the form which saw him valued so highly and partner Harry Kane for England at under-21 level.

Stoke have been busy in the transfer market this summer, landing Jese Rodriguez on loan from PSG, who scored the winner over Arsenal at the weekend.

Saido Berahino of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Everton at Bet365 Stadium on February 1, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

They have also signed Cameroon forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, and Berahino could find himself squeezed out of the picture at Stoke in the short term.

A loan move to Leeds United could be what Berahino needs. After a disappointing two seasons, Berahino needs to get playing time under his belt, and Stoke should consider letting him get stuck into a 46 game Championship campaign.

Dropping down to Championship level might not have been what Berahino envisioned for himself at 24, but it could be necessary for him to re-discover his scoring touch.

Saido Berahino of Stoke City and Winston Reid of West Ham United clash  during the Premier League match between Stoke City and West Ham United at Bet365 Stadium on April 29, 2017 in Stoke...

He has not netted a league goal in over 12 months, and becoming a bit part player at Stoke with the arrival of Rodriguez will not help him.

Leeds are already looking like one of the Championship's strongest teams despite the exit of Chris Wood, and could be a good fit for Berahino.

Dynamic attackers Samu Saiz and Ezgjan Alioski are the perfect support act for a talented striker to flourish, and Berahino could get his career back on track and become a hero at Elland Road.

As a loan option he would be ideal, providing Stoke can be convinced it is the best option for them and the player.

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