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Birmingham City to hand ex-West Brom and Stoke City striker a trial

Birmingham City are set to hand a trial to Saido Berahino.

The 25-year-old is a free agent after being released by Stoke City and will be given a chance by the Blues, according to a report by The Sun.

Birmingham are in the hunt for a replacement for Che Adams, who left earlier this week for Premier League side Southampton, and could have found their man in Berahino if Pep Clotet can get the best out of him.

Berahino, who is a Burundi international with five caps to his name, has seen his career go off track over the past couple of years after a promising start.

He started his career at West Bromwich Albion and rose up through the youth ranks at the Hawthorns before making his first team debut for the Baggies in a League Cup tie against Yeovil Town in August 2012.

Berahino had loan spells in the lower leagues with Northampton Town, Peterborough United and Brentford before making a name for himself at West Brom. He went onto make 121 appearances for the Baggies and scored 36 goals.

His last year with the Midlands side turned sour amid interest from Tottenham Hotspur. He finally left West Brom for Stoke City for around £12 million but has struggled to hit the ground running for the Potters.

He did not score for Stoke in his first year-and-a-half at the club but did manage five last season. Could he be handed a lifeline by Birmingham now?

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