West Brom star apologises to fans for this threat

Saido Berahino

Saido Berahino admits he regrets saying he would never play for the Baggies again after being denied a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino has told reporters that he regrets threatening to go on strike after being denied a move to Tottenham Hotspur and has apologised for his actions, as quoted by the Telegraph.

The 22-year-old was the subject of persistent interest from Spurs last summer, and tweeted that he would never play for Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace again after four bids for the forward were turned down from the North London club.

The former England Under-21 international was reintegrated to training in September after time off, and scored on his first start back at Villa Park in a victory over local rivals Aston Villa.

He has struggled to hold down a regular place in Tony Pulis' side through the season, but admits that he is now fully focused on life at the Hawthorns.

Berahino told reporters, as quoted by the Telegraph: "It is something I look back on and I really regret. I should never have said that. I am human like you know.

"I make mistakes and I hold my hands up and I say it was a mistake from me and I just apologise to all the fans out there that have always supported me, and also the club that has always believed in me.

"I have missed a lot of football and I am just trying to get myself back into match fitness and sharper again like I was last season so my focus is mainly on finishing on a high. I know if I get myself in a good position the goals will come. So I just stay patient and work hard for the team and try and push on."

Berahino attracted the attentions of Spurs after an excellent campaign for Albion last season, in which he scored 20 goals in all competitions.

However, due to fitness issues and the summer arrival of fellow striker Salomon Rondon, he has failed to recapture anywhere near the same form during the current campaign, netting just three times in 21 Premier League appearances.

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