Stoke keen to beat Tottenham and Liverpool to ‘record breaking’ deal for Premier League hotshot

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Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is reportedly preparing an ambitious swoop for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino during the January transfer window, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Hughes is thought to be keen on bringing the England under-21 star to the Britannia Stadium, but is aware that he would have to break the club’s transfer record in order to make the deal happen.

“We’re always in the market for good players and if someone is available we’ll have a look,” Hughes said.

“We don’t look at guys to fill the squad as we already have a good squad – we are only really looking for top quality players. Every deal is different, they’re dependent on the players themselves, the club and how easy they are to deal with and a number of other factors.”

Berahino has largely been left out of the Albion squad this season thanks to a botched transfer deadline day switch to Tottenham over the summer, and Hughes is eager to rescue him from the bench as he wants a recognised number nine to complement the attacking talent he has elsewhere in the squad.

Spurs are still said to be interested in the striker, but are thought to be unwilling to meet Albion’s valuation, and The Telegraph believe that Stoke aren’t likely to be keen on paying that much either.

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