Report: West Brom's want away striker Saido Berahino returns to training

Saido Berahino

The 22-year-old was desperate to leave the Hawthorns in the last transfer window, with Tottenham very much interested in the player.

Several media outlets such as Sky Sports are reporting that Saido Berahino has moved a step closer towards turning out for West Brom once more by returning to training on Monday for a 90 minute session, just a week after saying he wouldn't feature for chairman Jeremy Peace again after a move to Tottenham Hotspur failed to be accepted by the Baggies.

Berahino started the club's two first matches of the season, but went on to miss the next three fixtures as speculation surrounding his future intensified in the national press, and with the player himself.

Spurs made a series of bids for the 22-year-old, though Peace's public line was that the Baggies were unwilling to sell Berahino, emphasising that to do so would give the club little time to replace him regardless of how much money the player would move for.

The striker himself took to Twitter on deadline day as any hope Spurs or Berahino had of a transfer fell apart, insinuating that he would never play for Peace again.

Since then, it is believed efforts have been made by both the club and the PFA to encourage the young attacker to concentrate on playing football regardless of how disappointed he was, though a picture of Berahino on a flight soon after seemed to indicate that he was making something of a getaway.

However, the first step for Berahino turning out for West Brom again was to establish that he had a role to play and get him back at the club to train.

And it looks like Tony Pulis has managed to get the ex England Under-21 striker to return to the Baggies to take part in a 90-minute training session with the rest of the players not on international duty, according to Sky.

The real trick now will be getting Berahino's head straight, and also selling his reintroduction to both his teammates and, perhaps even more difficult, the Baggies' supporters.

There will certainly be lots of interested people waiting to see who Pulis selects in the match day 18 for this weekend's match with Southampton.

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