Tony Pulis says Saido Berahino believes he is being used by Jeremy Peace – but he is confident the forward will play for West Brom again.
Berahino said last week that he would never play for Peace again after the Albion chairman refused to sell him to Tottenham.
PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor said on Sunday, however, that he was confident Berahino would not follow through his threat, and Pulis is also expecting the forward to be available.
He told the Daily Mail: “I want him to come back and to draw a line under it. It will be difficult to integrate him into the group and to get him to concentrate but that’s my job.
“I don’t think he will talk to Jeremy. The problem is that he thinks he is being used.
“If you look at the club, Jeremy has sold players when it has suited him. Look at Shane Long, he sold him at a time when the club was left without a recognised forward. I think Saido thinks he is just looking at finances all the time.”
Pulis has already been in contact with Berahino since his deadline-day tweet and is planning to take the 22-year-old and his mum out for dinner to further resolve the issue. It has even been reported that West Brom will offer the England Under-21 star a new contract worth up to £50,000 a week.
“I have spoken to Saido on the phone a couple of times and by text,” Pulis added.
‘He has had a couple of days away and hopefully that will clear his mind.
‘On Monday I will have a good chat with him and then take him and his mum out for dinner in the evening to have a good chat.
‘I think his tweet was aimed at the chairman more than the players, management, staff, supporters of the club. His gripe is with Jeremy – as far as I’m concerned, he will play for West Brom again.’