Bryan Robson, the West Bromwich Albion manager, is believed to be bidding to double Zoltan Gera's wages in order to keep the Hungary international midfield player at The Hawthorns.

Gera, who signed for Albion last summer from Ferencvaros for £1.5 million, has been a revelation on the right of midfield and has been linked with moves to Aston Villa, PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham Hotspur.

The Hungary national team captain is believed to be earning £4,000 a week - a dramatic improvement on what he made in Hungary. But Robson has asked the Albion directors to double that deal in order to hang on to Gera.

The player has made it clear that, whether or not Albion are relegated next month, he wants to remain with the club.

Gera, aged 25, scored the goal in Albion's crucial 1-0 victory over Everton last Sunday - a result that has significantly increased the club's chances of avoiding relegation.

Albion are third from bottom in the table but locked in a battle with Southampton. Both clubs are on 27 points with seven games remaining.

Crystal Palace are just a point behind Saints and Albion, and all three clubs are trying to drag Portsmouth, who are only four points from safety, into the relegation mire.