Saido Berahino’s Sheffield Wednesday’s deal runs until the end of the season, Yorkshire Live journalist Dom Howson has revealed.
The 28-year-old left Belgian outfit Zulte Waregem to join the Owls on deadline day, but the details of his contract were not disclosed by the League One club (via BBC Sport).
The Burundi international enjoyed the finest season of his career to date back in 2014/15 when he netted 14 goals in 32 Premier League starts for West Bromwich Albion. However, he has since netted only 11 league goals across spells at Stoke City, Sporting Charleroi and Zulte-Waregem, while he has also been found guilty of drink-driving in recent years.
Howson wrote in a tweet: “Understand Saido Berahino has initially joined #SWFC on a deal until the end of the season.”
Significantly, Wednesday have the option to the extend that contract by a further 12 months if they are satisfied with Berahino’s contribution.
Howson also told his followers that the 28-year-old had agreed to take “a huge pay cut” to make the move to Yorkshire.
This appears a high-risk deal given Berahino’s prolonged struggles on and off the pitch, but the terms are rather low-risk. If it doesn’t work out, Wednesday will be able to cut ties come the end of the season.
It’s worth considering what would constitute success. A double-figure goal return is a realistic target for a player of Berahino’s top-flight experience, and meeting that objective would probably be enough to persuade Darren Moore’s side to extend the deal.
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