According to The Sun, Birmingham City will invite Saido Berahino for a trial, ahead of the new Championship campaign. The 25-year-old striker has had his contract terminated early by Stoke City after a difficult spell with the Potters.
His time with Stoke has been marred by controversy, and the club opted to cancel his contract following a drink driving conviction, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The 5-cap Burundi international has so far failed to live up to the promise that he showed in the early part of his career. Unless he can get back on track soon, he will likely end up wasting his talent altogether.
St Andrew’s Stadium could be the perfect place for Berahino to rediscover his form and focus. A switch to the Blues would keep him in the Championship whilst also giving him the fresh start he needs.
Pep Clotet certainly needs to add a new goalscorer to his ranks this summer, following the departure of Che Adams. Berahino could prove to be a cost-effective solution to filling this gap in the Birmingham squad.
However, signing Berahino comes with a large degree of risk. Not only does the forward have a habit of courting controversy, but should his form continue to decline then he will quickly become a burden on the Blues’ wage budget.
If Birmingham do opt to offer Berahino a contract, they would be wise to only give him a short-term deal.