Albion have not given up hope of completing the capture of Cambridge United striker Chris Holroyd.

But they want the transfer saga resolved before Saturday’s home game against Millwall.

Albion agreed a fee with Cambridge at the end of last week, which The Argus understands is a £60,000 down-payment with additional appearance-related clauses.

Holroyd has yet to agree personal terms and played for 79 minutes in Cambridge’s 2-0 FA Trophy replay victory at Eastbourne Borough last night.

Albion boss Gus Poyet said: “It’s still there but I think it has to be sorted out one way or another in another 24 hours or 48 hours maximum.

“It is not over yet. I am a little bit disappointed it hasn’t happened but it is something we cannot control. We have an agreement with the club and now it is up to the player.”

Cambridge manager Martin Ling said: “Talks are still going on. Chris is still our player and, until I am told otherwise, I will continue to use him.

“I did not think I would be able to pick him because I thought he would be gone. We have agreed with Brighton but it needs all three parties to agree and Chris obviously hasn’t.”