Baggies repel third bid
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Brom have rejected a £2.5 million bid from Man Utd for keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.
West Bromwich Albion have rejected a £2.5 million bid from Manchester United for shot stopper Tomasz Kuszczak.
Sir Alex Ferguson has targeted the Polish international as a backup for current number one Edwin van der Sar, but The Baggies are playing hardball over the impressive 24-year-old.
Bryan Robson is determined to keep his squad together to fire a promotion charge, and the Championship side have underlined their determination to keep Kuszczak by knocking back a third offer from the Premiership giants.
Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace has revealed the Midlands side will only consider a deal if it means Red Devils starlet Giuseppe Rossi moving the other way on loan, but with Sir Alex Ferguson not keen to farm out the Italian youth international West Brom are unwilling to do business.
"At this moment in time selling Tomasz to United is not a viable option," Peace told the club's official website.
"It would severely weaken our squad at a time when we are trying to strengthen it for a promotion push.
"We have had numerous talks with United and have told them any deal would have to involve their highly-rated young striker, Giuseppe Rossi, joining us on loan for the season.
"Although this would weaken us temporarily until we signed another keeper to compete with Pascal Zuberbuhler, it would increase our attacking options, an area we're actively looking to strengthen.
"However United have told us Rossi will not be going out on loan this season.
"It means if we sold Tomasz to United, without Rossi coming in return, it would potentially cause us more problems without solving any - despite the receipt of cash."
Peace also admitted that the keeper is keen to move to Old Trafford.
"This will come as a disappointment to Tomasz who has indicated to us he would like to join United," added Peace.
"But it is the board's job to do what is best for this football club and we will not sell Tomasz unless the deal suits us.
"Because of the way this football club is structured, we are under no pressure to sell anyone.
"Tomasz will only be sold if it is in our interests to do so."