Robson waits for Chaplow
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bryan Robson is frustrated he has yet to sign Burnley's Richard Chaplow.West Brom manager Bryan Robson admits he is frustrated he has yet to clinch the signing of Burnley midfielder Richard Chaplow.
Robson is anxious to bring the highly-rated youngster to The Hawthorns before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
The Baggies have lodged a player-plus-cash offer for the teenager and are waiting for a response from The Clarets.
Chaplow has been the subject of negotiations between the two clubs for several weeks and enhanced his stock further with a solid performance in the FA Cup victory over Liverpool on Tuesday evening.
Baggies boss Robson has reiterated his desire to sign the 19-year-old and is disappointed that the deal has not been wrapped up.
"I have spoken to Steve Cotterill, the Burnley manager, on a few occasions about Chaplow," Robson told the Evening Mail.
"I was hoping that a deal would have been done by now but the chairman is still talking to their chairman about him.
"I would like to bring Chaplow into the club - Steve and his chairman both know that.
"The negotiations have been going on for the last six weeks and it's now up to the clubs, we are hoping that the chairman can do something to make it happen.
"Richard played very well last night. I've had my eye on him for a while. There is no doubt he can make the leap up to The Premiership and that's why I'm in for him."
Chaplow is prepared to leave Turf Moor if it is of financial benefit to the club but acknowledges he has no qualms about staying with the Championship side.
The youngster said: "I am enjoying my football here and I want to stay but obviously if a big club comes in and offers a lot of money then there is not much the club can do about it, given the financial situation.
"They need money so they would have to consider an offer very carefully if one came in."