London - West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino has faced
some dressing room banter about his threat to go on strike after a failed
transfer but it will help the unsettled striker reintegrate into the squad,
captain Darren Fletcher has said.
The 22-year-old Berahino was heavily linked with a move to
Tottenham Hotspur throughout the summer transfer window, with the Baggies
reportedly rejecting four bids from the North London club, including two on
Berahino had tweeted he would not play for the Midlands
outfit again under chairman Jeremy Peace after failing to secure a last-minute
transfer but played against Southampton on Saturday.
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"The lads have given him some stick. Sometimes it's the
best way because it takes away the tension," Fletcher was quoted as saying
by the British media.
"When somebody comes in and there is a little bit of
banter, I'm sure he feels like one of the lads again."
Berahino, who had a transfer request rejected, played in
West Brom's goalless draw with Southampton, coming of the bench in the second
"You can do silly things and when you're on Twitter it
allows you to voice your opinions," former Manchester United midfielder
Fletcher said. "If he had sat quietly for 48 hours he wouldn't have done
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