Writing in his blog for the Mirror, Savage, a former Birmingham City midfielder, recalled his latter days with the Blues and how he purposely caused trouble in order to move to Blackburn Rovers.
Following a rejected transfer request, Berahino’s mooted switch to Tottenham looks increasingly unlikely ahead of the transfer deadline, though Savage has urged him not to give up and states there are a number of ways to force a move.
“If I was striker Berahino, I'd look at Spurs and see them struggling in the final third with Harry Kane their only centre-forward and needing pace and creativity and another guy who can score goals,” Savage wrote.
“Tottenham have a new stadium coming in a few years, too - what an opportunity.
“If you stay at West Brom then, yes, you have a top manager in Tony Pulis, but what can you do as a club? Finish bottom half and not win anything?
“If you want to move, you can. And there are so many ways to engineer a move.”
Should Saido Berahino try to engineer a move to Tottenham Hotspur?
Savage’s methods of engineering a move include misbehaving in training, causing squad disharmony and putting a wedge between himself and then-boss Steve Bruce – traits Berahino could attempt to replicate.
However, being so close to the transfer deadline, it’s a risky tactic which could see the striker endure a terrible six-twelve months if a Spurs deal fails to materialise. After all, it’s not guaranteed to work.
The situation has become a little more interesting following Spurs’ addition of Heung-Min Son from Bayer Leverkusen, a 23-year-old forward who is also capable of playing on the wing.
He will add competition to striker Harry Kane, while also giving boss Mauricio Pochettino the option of playing him out wide in a role which Berahino was widely tipped for.
The Baggies’ star man has a big few days ahead of him - arguably the most important of his career to date.