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Wednesday, 26 July, 2000, 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK
Albion win Roberts race
Jason Roberts is Albion bound
Jason Roberts is Albion's record signing
West Bromwich Albion have won the transfer chase for Jason Roberts, despite a late bid from Portsmouth.

The Baggies paid a club-record 2m for Bristol Rovers' highly-rated Grenadan striker.

Albion manager Gary Megson said: "Obviously you want to pay as little as possible but I think breaking our transfer record shows our intent at the club.

"We've already got good strikers at the club. It's just we feel that this is a good young striker who has become available.


Portsmouth boss Tony Pulis said he was "pig sick" that Roberts rejected them to go to the Hawthorns.

"It's a massive disappointment for me as the kid wanted to come here. He thought this was the right club for him but we couldn't agree terms," he said.

In the end it came down to the ground, manager and history of West Brom, as well as the current players
  Cyrille Regis
Roberts' agent, former Albion and England striker Cyrille Regis, said: "Talks were complex and Jason weighed up all the pros and cons before making his decision.

"In the end it came down to the ground, manager and history of West Brom, as well as the current players."

Bristol Rovers' vice-chairman Geoff Dunford hit out at Portsmouth's attempts to sign Jason Roberts from under the nose of West Brom.

"We agreed a deal with West Brom, not Portsmouth and unless there's something in writing between two clubs, a player has no right to talk to them," he said.

"Portsmouth's agent by-passed me, went straight to Ian Holloway and told him there had been a bid when there hadn't."

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