Saido Berahino is facing a fine for a remarkable attack on the West Bromwich Albion chairman, Jeremy Peace, after the club rejected two bids from Tottenham Hotspur on deadline day.
Berahino insisted on his Twitter account that he would never play for Peace again, hours after learning that a final offer worth a potential £23 million had been turned down.
The England Under-21 international is understood to be "distraught" that his move to White Hart Lane was blocked and he will be punished for his remarks, with the head coach, Tony Pulis, now facing a battle to reintegrate him into his squad. Pulis's own transfer plans were damaged by Peace's refusal to sell the forward, 22, with Spurs failing with four offers over the past three weeks.
Berahino had spent most of the day camped at Albion's training ground waiting for the green light to travel down to London but drove off around 3pm after it became clear Peace would not back down.
Later he tweeted: "Sad how i cant say exactly how the club has treated me but i can officially say i will never play Jeremy Peace."
Albion's official policy is to fine players for contentious comments on social media and Berahino is likely to be fined a week's wages, around £25,000.
Pulis is understood to feel some sympathy for the forward, who found himself in the middle of a battle between Peace and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. Last week Pulis admitted Berahino had been treated like "a piece of meat".
Elsewhere, Everton completed a £14 million double deal on deadline day to secure Aaron Lennon and the centre-half Ramiro Funes Mori. (© Daily Telegraph, London)