Baggies give up on Rossi
By Lewis Rutledge. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
West Brom boss Bryan Robson has admitted defeat in his quest to bring Giuseppe Rossi to The Hawthorns.
Manchester United have been doing their utmost to prise goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak away from The Baggies, but Robson was only prepared to part with the Pole in exchange for highly-rated 19-year-old Rossi.
However, Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that Rossi is not going anywhere, not even on loan.
"Any deal for Rossi will definitely not happen," Robson confirmed.
"Sir Alex Ferguson has said Rossi will be staying at United and he is part of their first-team squad. That won't be part of the deal."
Robson is also keen to resolve the long-running saga involving Kuszczak, and expects closure one way or another within the next few days.
"There is only one question mark about the future of any player in my squad and that is regarding Tomasz Kuszczak," he accepted.
"That is because it is a club like Manchester United who are involved.
"I've given my recommendation to the chairman and now it's in the chairman's hands.
"I've told the chairman what I believe is the correct decision. It is up to the board. They run this club and it's their decision what to do with Tomasz.
"But I think sometime this week the decision will be made one way or the other about Tomasz because as a club we need to close that deal one way or the other and move on so we can all get focused on the season."
Kuszczak was left on the bench for the 2-0 win over Hull on Saturday, with Robson preferring to play summer signing Pascal Zuberbuhler between the posts.
"When a player has got a situation where he can go to a club like United, focusing on a game is very difficult and so for me that's why I brought in Pascal Zuberbuhler who is vastly experienced and a top international keeper," he explained.
"He is focused because he wants to get in the Premiership and that is why he has got the chance in the first place and Tomasz is on the bench."