Player’s union chief Gordon Taylor has gone on record to say the spat between Saido Berahino and West Bromwich Albion is no longer an issue, and the player will return to duty with his team.
The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a move away from The Hawthornes, but when a move did not materialize on Deadline Day despite a number of rumored offers right at the buzzer, Berahino went nuclear on Twitter, stating publicly that he would never play for owner Jeremy Pearce again.
Now, however, it appears the players union has arrived on the scene to successfully assuage the situation.
“He will be playing,” Taylor told BBC Radio 5 Live. “We have made contact with both the club and the player and we are very hopeful the matter will be resolved.”
Taylor also hoped this story, coupled with a few others from this past transfer window, would push the FA to end the transfer window before the start of the new season to ease the tension between players and their respective clubs.
“I think to have the window open once the season starts has created some very frenzied activity and left a lot of good players who should have been on the pitch not playing,” Taylor said, using Chelsea’s very public courting of John Stones as an example of how it can negatively affect everyone involved once play for the new campaign has started.
Likely helping the situation is a new contract offer, which the Daily Mail reports West Brom has already or is planning on presenting to Berahino. The report states Berahino is making just $21,000 a week, but the club is preparing a package that would make him one of the highest paid players at the Hawthornes on around $83,500 a week. The report also states the new contract would have a relatively cheap release clause of $38 million, which could see him leave sooner rather than later.