West Brom boss Tony Pulis has revealed he intends to take Saido Berahino out for dinner on Monday evening in a bid to get him back on side.
The striker was the subject of interest from Tottenham during the summer but the Baggies refused to sell him due to Spurs not matching their valuation.
Berahino acted angrily to the situation on Tuesday by posting a Tweet suggesting that he will never play for chairman Jeremy Peace again.
As a result he was given some time off during the international break and he sparked further outrage from fans on social media later on in the week by releasing a picture of himself sat on a private jet.
Despite the controversy, Pulis knows how important the 22-year-old could prove in his side’s fight against the drop this season.
The Baggies are currently 4.00 for the drop after a mixed start to the campaign where they have won just one of their opening four outings.
After returning to training on Monday, Berahino could well be immediately brought back into the side on Saturday against Southampton in a game they are 3.10 to win, with the draw 3.20 and Ronald Koeman’s men 2.40.
The experienced boss says he is planning to take the youngster and his mother out for dinner in a bid to try and appease the current situation.
“I have spoken to Saido on the phone a couple of times and by text,” Pulis said. “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.”