21-year-old West Brom forward Saido Berahino, a rumored Liverpool transfer target, has upset both teammates and club officials following a recent interview on Sky Sports, according to reports from the Telegraph and the Mirror.
"I'm taking care of my short-term goals right now and if I keep scoring goals and doing well for West Brom, I know the future will be bright for me and I'll go a long way," he said in the interview, which took place without permission from his club. "If I can keep them up and score as many goals as I can, I'm pretty sure the fans wouldn't mind me pushing on and moving on to bigger things."
With his long term future with the Baggies already in doubt, could his latest misstep spell the end of his time with the club?
The Telegraph writes that "Albion officials are growing increasingly exasperated with his conduct and will abandon plans to restart negotiations over a new contract."
Meanwhile, the Mirror reports that Berahino's teammates have grown frustrated with his antics, and that some players have begun to ignore him around the team's training ground.
Whether the toxic nature of Berahino's relationship with West Brom will prompt Liverpool to abandon any plans they might have to target him this summer is unclear. With 14 goals in all competitions this season, the 21-year-old striker is an attractive option for a youthful Liverpool team that needs goalscoring help. However, the club may be unwilling to match West Brom's asking price, as this is Berahino's first great season in the Premier League and he remains largely unproven.