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Robson denies Earnshaw transfer request

West Brom manager Bryan Robson has rejected a transfer request from the club's record signing and last season's leading scorer Robert Earnshaw.

Wales international Earnshaw, on target 14 times during 2004-05 after a £3.5million move from Cardiff, has been restricted to just four Barclays Premiership starts this season.

But Robson insisted 24-year-old Earnshaw still had a big part to play at The Hawthorns and has no plans to off-load any of his forwards.

The Baggies chief is aware he will lose in-form striker Kanu - plus winger Diomansy Kamara - during January for the African Nations Cup with Nigeria and Senegal respectively.

Earnshaw will then be competing for a place up front with Nathan Ellington, Geoff Horsfield and skipper Kevin Campbell.

Robson confirmed: 'Earnie has handed in a transfer request and I've turned it down. He is part of my plans. All of my strikers have an important role to play this season.'

Earnshaw impressed for Cardiff before being signed by the then Albion manager Gary Megson in August 2004. The striker also found the net on his debut for Wales against Germany in May 2002.

Despite a healthy strike rate for West Brom, there is still appears to be room for improvement in the all-round game of the Zambia-born player.

Earnshaw's only league goal during the current campaign was as a substitute in the 4-0 win over Everton at The Hawthorns last month.

But Robson has made it clear all his front players will have a part to play especially with the hectic festive programme of four games in eight days on the horizon.