Blackburn Rovers defender close to moving to Upton Park.
Blackburn Rovers defender Martin Olsson is close to joining West Ham after the Upton Park club returned with an improved offer.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce told reporters at his pre-match briefing that negotiations between the two clubs are ongoing despite Blackburn rejecting an initial £2million bid for the Swedish international full-back.
When asked if the fee would be £7million, Allardyce said: “I don’t think that’s true, no. Negotiations are ongoing.”
Allardyce made his move for Olsson to fill the problematic left-back area at West Ham after George McCartney was sidelined through injury to leave teenager Daniel Potts as his only fit left-back.
The West Ham manager knows Olsson well having coached the Swede, who can also play on the left-side of midfield or as a wing-back, during his time in charge of Blackburn. He knows the player well and Olsson has always made aware his desire to return to the Premier League following Blackburn’s relegation last season.
Earlier in the week, Olsson told the Lancashire Telegraph: “There has been speculation since the summer but I just have to let it go and focus on my football. If I focus on something else, I am not going to be focused here. So I am focused on Blackburn 100 per cent.”
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