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Blackburn to keep defender from West Ham’s clutches

The future of Blackburn Rovers’ Swedish defender Martin Olsson is up for discussion here in the Football Transfer Tavern, with Ken Dyer of the Evening Standard reckoning the defender is set to stay put at Ewood Park.

West Ham United have made no secret of their desire to bring the 24-year-old to Upton Park, although Rovers are refusing to budge on their valuation of the player.

The Hammers have had a £2 million bid rejected by the Lancashire club, with new manager Michael Appleton stating the offer was “way below what we rate the player at”.

The Hammers are unlikely to come back in with an improved bid, and are reportedly already looking for left back options elsewhere, meaning Olsson is likely to remain at Ewood Park.

West Ham have been short of cover at left back after George McCartney was sidelined with injury and Joey O’Brien has been deputising there, moving from his usual deployment at right back. Young defender Dan Potts was also given a start at left back in the recent FA Cup third round replay defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford earlier this week.

Allardyce is hoping to sign a left back and a central defender before the window closes.

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