Saido Berahino could be recalled to the West Brom squad for their weekend clash with Stoke City despite Tottenham Hotspur's ongoing pursuit of the striker. The England Under-21 international has been the subject of two bids from the north London side but the Baggies insist selling the player is "not on the agenda".
Berahino also saw his written transfer request rejected on Monday before the club warned Tottenham their position will not change, with just one week of the transfer window remaining. As a result of the ongoing speculation, Tony Pulis opted not to include the 22-year-old in the squad in Sunday's 3-2 defeat to Chelsea, also leaving the player out of Tuesday's Capital One Cup third round win over Port Vale.
Despite Berahino's absence from the first team, West Brom assistant manager Dave Kemp insists the player is "training fine". He did not rule out a return to the squad this Saturday.
"That is something we can assess between now and then. We will see what happens as it unfolds," Kemp told an ITV Sport reporter. "Once we get to next Tuesday (2 September, the final day of the transfer window) it will be clearer. He was considered tonight but there is other stuff. This transfer window is upsetting, not just to Saido but to everyone.
"He is training fine," Kemp added. "You can imagine he is a young man and there is a lot going on and your eye might not be on the ball. You have to be totally focused to perform. The manager has to make a decision."
In separate statements over recent weeks West Brom have confirmed that they have rejected two offers from Tottenham. According to the Daily Mail, Mauricio Pochettino's side will push forward with a third offer of £25m before next week's deadline.
The Tottenham manager remains hopeful of adding another forward option to his squad before the window closes, insisting the player in mind must be of the "right profile" to join his Spurs squad.
Tottenham have already made four signings this summer, but only one of those has been an attacking player, with ex-Lyon forward Clinton Njie joining defensive trio Toby Alderweireld, Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Trippier.