Stoke City have made a formal bid to buy West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino, according to Sky sources.
There is so far no indication of the value of the Stoke bid, but we understand it is less than the £20m offer from Tottenham made 18 months ago.
That offer was rejected, as was a similar bid from Stoke last summer.
Berahino has not played for Albion since September and was sent to a training camp in France last month to improve his fitness. The 23-year-old hasn’t scored a Premier League goal since February last year, having previously struck 20 times in the 2014/15 campaign.
Despite that, he has attracted constant interest from other sides since first showing signs of wanting to leave The Hawthorns.
His present deal expires at the end of the season and if he leaves then, the club will be entitled to a development fee from whoever he plays for next.
Where the player goes next could be crucial, however, and if he chooses to move abroad he could do so with West Brom receiving very little for him.
Manager Tony Pulis appears to be growing increasingly wary of the saga and said last week: “The club has offered him a new contract not just this week, but in previous months too.
“They’ve been in negotiations with Saido, so we’ll just see how that pans out. The deals have been on the table for the boy and his agent – we’ll see how that pans out.
“Again, we’ve hit the funny month. He’s only got one more month left of this if he doesn’t sign, so that’s probably a bonus for me.
“If we sell him we will work very, very hard to get a replacement in. If we don’t sell him, we’ll have to work very, very hard to get him back to what he was 18 months ago.”