West Brom stall on Stoke's Saido Berahino bid while they pursue West Ham's Diafra Sakho
By Rob Dorsett, Sky Sports News HQ
Last Updated: 20/07/16 5:15pm
West Brom are stalling on a £20m bid from Stoke for striker Saido Berahino while they hunt for a replacement, according to Sky sources.
Mark Hughes confirmed Sky Sports News HQ's story on Tuesday that the Potters had made a number of offers for the 22-year-old.
It is understood that Stoke are prepared to pay £17m up front with a further £3m in add-ons for Berahino, but it has emerged the Baggies are not prepared to let him leave until they have lined up a new striker of their own.
Sky sources understand that Albion are interested in West Ham's wantaway striker Diafra Sakho, who is a target for Sunderland, but, like West Brom, the Hammers are reluctant to negotiate a deal without having plans in place for a replacement.
West Ham have been struggling all summer to land a coveted new centre-forward, seeing their interest in the likes of Michy Batshuayi, Christian Benteke, Alexandre Lacazette and Callum Wilson fail.
Sky sources reported earlier this month that West Ham have now turned their attentions to AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca, but are yet to agree a deal.
Berahino, meanwhile, is in the final year of his contract at West Brom and flatly turned down the offer of a new contract last month.
Sky sources understand that Crystal Palace and Watford are also interested in signing Berahino, whose future at The Hawthorns has been in doubt ever since protracted negotiations with Tottenham last summer fell down on deadline day.