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Stoke complete deal to sign West Brom's 23-year-old striker, Saido Berahino

Stoke have signed West Brom striker Saido Berahino for a fee of £12m on a five-and-a-half-year deal. The 23-year-old's contract had been due to expire at the end of the season, and the Baggies offered him a new deal for a third time in December. He had not played for West Brom since September. "We've signed a young English striker who has already proven his ability in the Premier League," said Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes. "After a frustrating period he's now desperately keen to reignite his career and we look forward to seeing him do that with us."

The England Under-21 forward is the Potters' second signing of this transfer window after the loan deal for Derby keeper Lee Grant was made permanent. Berahino's relationship with the Baggies had broken down after he had scored 20 goals in 45 appearances during the 2014-15 campaign. The striker reacted angrily to a bid from Tottenham being turned down on transfer deadline day in summer 2015 and two months later tweeted that he would never play for the club again under then-chairman Jeremy Peace. And in January 2015, Berahino scored four goals but barely celebrated in what was interpreted as a sign of his growing disillusionment at the Hawthorns.

Speaking after Saturday's 4-0 defeat by Spurs, West Brom boss - and former Stoke manager - Tony Pulis had said Berahino would not be sold "unless it is right for the club". He added: "It has to be a two-way situation. That has always been the situation; we will not sell the lad because it suits him."

20 January, 2017  tobi   Sport News |

OFFICIAL: Memphis Depay makes move to Lyon

Manchester United have sold Netherlands forward Memphis Depay to French Ligue 1 club Lyon. It is thought the fee is £16m rising to £21.7m, with the add-ons including Lyon qualifying for the Champions League and Depay getting a new contract. United have also agreed buy-back and sell-on clauses. Depay, 22, has scored seven goals in 53 appearances since joining United in a £31m move from PSV Eindhoven in May 2015. The initial fee was about £25m. The deal with PSV is thought to have included a number of add-ons which have not been met.

Lyon are fourth in Ligue 1, 11 points behind leaders Monaco and eight points behind PSG in third, the closest Champions League qualification place. This season Depay has made eight appearances for United, but has featured for only eight minutes since the end of October. However, United boss Jose Mourinho put that down to the competition for places at Old Trafford. "From my perspective, instead of trying to say why it didn't work, I think it is easier for me - and he deserves me to say - that he was a fantastic professional," said Mourinho. "So if somebody thinks it didn't work because he was not a great professional, it is totally wrong.

"One thing is some picture that somebody takes with him in an amazing car or dressing in a very specific way, but the image is totally wrong. "The guy is a fantastic professional, he is a kid that respected everyone, a kid that tried to work hard to get more chances, a kid that was frustrated because he was not having that, but I only have good things to say about him." He added: "If I can find a little reason, it is to say he is a player from one position and the only position where we have overbooking. Wingers are what we have more of, so it is a position more difficult to have chances." Depay, who will wear the number nine shirt for Lyon, said he was looking forward to showing people what he was a capable of. "I did in the past and I didn't show it every time at Manchester,'' he said. "I want to score goals and get that feeling back again.''

Depay was the Dutch Eredivisie's top scorer in 2014-15 and was brought to United under then-manager Louis van Gaal, who had given him his Netherlands debut. He becomes the latest high-profile Van Gaal signing to be sold on. Argentina attacking midfielder Angel di Maria signed for a then-British record fee of £59.7m in August 2014, but was sold to Paris St-Germain for £44.3m a year later. Morgan Schneiderlin, who signed from Southampton for £25m, was sold to Everton on 12 January for a fee rising to £24m.

Former Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger was also brought to Old Trafford by Van Gaal, joining from Bayern Munich for a reported £14.4m. However, the 32-year-old has played just 16 minutes under Mourinho this term.

20 January, 2017  tobi   Sport News |

Liverpool to hire former Steven Gerrard, captain as youth coach

Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard is to return to the Premier League club as a youth coach. Gerrard, 36, who made his Liverpool debut in 1998, will begin the job in February. The midfielder left Anfield at the end of the 2014-15 season to join MLS side LA Galaxy and retired as a player in November after a 19-year career. "It feels like completing the circle, returning to the place where it all began," Gerrard said. "However, this isn't a decision based on emotion - it's about what I can offer and contribute," he added.

"When I knew coming back was a serious option I wanted to make sure it was a substantive role. "This gives me a great opportunity to learn and develop as a coach, while at the same time offering my knowledge, ideas and experience to the young players at an important period of their development." Liverpool said he would bring "experience and expertise" to the role, as well as "unparalleled knowledge of the fabric and ethos" of the club.

Gerrard had been linked with the manager's job at League One side MK Donsafter announcing he would leave LA Galaxy, but said the opportunity came "too soon" for him. He is also working towards his Uefa A coaching licence, which is required to manage in the Premier League. Gerrard played 710 times for the Reds, winning nine trophies. He is England's fourth most-capped player with 114 appearances and captained the side at three of the six major tournaments he played at.

20 January, 2017  tobi   Sport News |

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