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Berahino thanks Stoke for putting faith in him


Saido Berahino

Saido Berahino


Saido Berahino

Saido Berahino admits he was feeling "very lost" at West Brom and has expressed his gratitude to Stoke for helping bring his troubled spell with Albion to an end.

Having been targeted by the Potters for some considerable time, the 23-year-old forward finally completed a move to them last week for a fee of £12million that could rise to £15million.

West Brom academy product Berahino scored 20 goals in 45 appearances for the club in 2014-15. But after several bids - the last reported to be £23million - for him from Tottenham were rejected in the summer of 2015 and he responded by issuing an apparent strike threat on Twitter, he was in and out of the team last season.

And he now arrives at Stoke having not played a first-team game since September, with Baggies boss Tony Pulis repeatedly saying this term he was not fit enough for selection.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Berahino said: "It was very hard. All I've ever wanted to do is play football and when that is taken away from you, you are lost. I was very lost.

"I just thank Stoke for having so much faith in me, for coming window after window, wanting to sign me and showing that interest. Finally they've done it and I'm here, and I'm so glad."

Watford have confirmed the signing of AC Milan forward M'Baye Niang on loan for the rest of the season.

The 22-year-old Frenchman will bolster the attacking options of Walter Mazzarri's side, who are 14th in the Premier League and face a trip to Millwall in the fourth round of the FA Cup tomorrow. The Hornets also hold an option to make the move permanent.