Stoke City reportedly want to loan out flop signing Saido Berahino, so should West Bromwich Albion gamble and bring the striker back to The Hawthorns?

Stoke City are reportedly planning for a mass clear-out of their squad following confirmation of their relegation from the Premier League.

According to the Telegraph, one of those the club is hoping to offload is Saido Berahino, who the Potters want to loan out having failed to impress following a £12million transfer from West Bromwich Albion in January 2017.

Berahino has not scored in 30 matches since the switch and as the BBC reports, is currently training with the Under-23s after reporting late for a reserve game back in April.

What next?

Berahino’s fall from grace means it’s unlikely there will be a queue of clubs wanting to sign the striker, but one side who knows exactly what the 24-year-old is capable of is West Brom.

They too will be plying their trade in the Championship next term after going down and the Telegraph reported last month that current first team forwards Jay Rodriguez and Salomon Rondon are both expected to leave the Hawthorns as a result.

Therefore support in attack will be needed and the Baggies know Berahino can excel in the role, having scored 14 league goals for them in the English top flight during the 2014/15 campaign.

Whether a player who left the West Midlands club in acrimonious circumstances only 18 months ago would be welcomed back is questionable, but perhaps it could be the best opportunity for the former England Under-21 international to rebuild a reputation that is currently in tatters.

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