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West Ham Increase Martin Olsson Offer

Defender is the subject of £4million Upton Park bid.

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West Ham have increased their bid to sign defender Martin Olsson from Championship side Blackburn Rovers, doubling their initial offer and tabling £4million for the Swedish international.

Olsson has been the subject of strong interest from injury-hit West Ham as manager Sam Allaydyce looks to bring inexperienced defenders to ease an injury crisis which resulted in youngsters Jordan Spence and Daniel Potts playing in the full-back roles in the 1-0 FA Cup third round replay defeat at Manchester United on Wednesday.

It was understood that West Ham has abandoned their pursuit of the Swedish international after having a £2million offer rejected, but the Lancashire Telegraph report that Allardyce has returned with an improved offer totalling £4million which could tempt Blackburn into selling.

Olsson, who played under Allardyce boss during the West Ham manager’s time in charge at Blackburn, played down leaving Ewood Park during the transfer window in a recent interview, but the increased offer is likely to spell an end to his time in the north-west.

Allardyce is without regular left-back George McCartney through injury and also lost James Collins to a hamstring injury at the weekend.


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