There has been no further progress with former Stoke City striker Saido Berahino’s potential move to fellow Championship side Birmingham, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
The five-time Burundi international saw his contract at Stoke terminated at the back end of last season following a host of off-the-field disciplinary issues but was reportedly set to be handed a second lifeline with Birmingham City in the form of a trial.
However, as Nixon reports, there has been no further progress in terms of arranging the trial, despite manager Pep Clotet “openly talking about it with players a week or so back”.
The Blues are in serious need of a new striker after the departure of last season’s top scorer Che Adams to Southampton left them with only Lukas Jutkiewicz and Isaac Vassell as striking options for the 2019/20 campaign.
It’s not just up top where Birmingham have been raided either. £6 million signing Jota Peleteiro swapped St. Andrew’s for their Premier League-bound rivals Aston Villa, while popular defender Michael Morrison and young winger Viv Soloman-Otabor both left the club last week after failing to agree new contracts.
Signing Berahino would be an incredibly risky move considering his off-the-field antics and with just five goals from 26 games last season and zero goals in the previous two, the former England youth international has hardly been prolific since swapping West Brom for the Potters in 2017.
While progress has certainly stalled on the potential trial, negotiations haven’t completely collapsed and the Burundi international could complete a switch to St. Andrew’s still.