Robbo reveals Earnie snub

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Bryan Robson has revealed to Sky Sports News that unsettled striker Robert Earnshaw has snubbed bids from The Championship to stay and fight for his first team place at West Bromwich Albion.

Both Southampton and Norwich expressed an interest in the former Cardiff striker who has become increasingly disillusioned at The Hawthorns after finding himself behind the likes of Nwankwo Kanu, Diomansy Kamara, Kevin Campbell and Geoff Horsfield in the Baggies pecking order.

But, despite submitting a written transfer request, Robson insists the pacey Welshman will remain in The Black Country, for the time being at least.

"In the end Earnie decided he would prefer to stay with us and fight for his place in the club," Robson said.

"I said to him that that's his challenge and he's got a good opportunity at the moment because Kanu and Kamara are away [at the African Cup of Nations] and the place is there to be fought for."

Robson also confirmed his disappointment at the failure to land Ugo Ehiogu after Middlesbrough pulled the plug on a transfer.

Ehiogu had appeared all set for a Hawthorns return only for Steve McClaren to veto the transfer at the last minute.

"Ehiogu was disappointing because we thought we'd got a long way down the line with it," revealed Robson.

Robson has a chance to get one over on Boro if he can successfully complete the transfer of Nigel Quashie and thwart the loan advances of the Teessiders.

"With Quashie it's a bit different. Middlesbrough are in for him but only for a loan," added Robson.

"I think he's an excellent player on the ball and has got good football intelligence.

"He's a good passer of the ball, too, with good energy levels who will bring a bit more experience to us in midfield."

Albion's move for Quashie is poised to see fellow midfielder Richard Chaplow move in the opposite direction in a loan deal for the remainder of the season.

The move to St Mary's could breathe new life into the career of Chaplow who has failed to make the impact expected of him at The Hawthorns since his £1.5 million transfer from Burnley at the end of last January's transfer window.