Blackburn boss fires warning to West Ham over defender

16:16 17 January 2013

Martin Olsson, Blackburn Rovers. Photo: Clint Hughes/EMPICS Sport

Martin Olsson, Blackburn Rovers. Photo: Clint Hughes/EMPICS Sport

EMPICS Sport

New Blackburn boss Michael Appleton has warned West Ham they will have to up the ante if they are serious about signing defender Martin Olsson.

Hammers manager Sam Allardyce lodged a £2million bid for the Swede, which was turned down flat by Rovers.

Although Allardyce has insisted he was not prepared to increase the bid, it is thought a further offer has been forthcoming.

However, the 24-year-old remains a Rovers player, with Appleton insisting Olsson will not be allowed to leave on the cheap.

“Nothing is happening at the minute,” said Appleton.

“I was made aware of a bid that was put in before I took the reins but it is way below the value we see him at.

“Until a bid reaches the valuation we think it should be, there is not a conversation.

“Martin continues to be a Blackburn player.

“He is a fantastic player, an international with bags of talent, and I am looking forward to working with him.”

However, with Olsson hoping to leave Ewood Park this month, a transfer does seem likely eventually.

Indeed, Appleton believes a certain amount of movement would actually be healthy for a club that desperately needs to kick-start their season if they are to stand any chance of reclaiming their top-flight status.

“We have a couple of weeks left,” he said.

“As with any football club, some players will leave, others will come in. But a few new faces will do the club a world of good.

“It will bring fresh competition, but it has to be players who will affect the starting XI, not the 18.”

Related articles

Live Blog Transfer Window Live - July 22
 

Latest Stories

The cyclist was killed by a lorry in Richmond (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

A cyclist has died this afternoon from injuries sustained in a crash with a bin lorry in Richmond during rush-hour yesterday morning.

Read more
09:14
The 174 bus collided with a house in Harold Hill (Picture by Dani Walsh)

A double-decker bus rolled backwards down a hill and crashed into a house in east London yesterday afternoon.

Read more
Chrissie Wellington tweeted about the theft

A brazen cycle thief was caught on camera breaking into an office in south London and stealing Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington’s prized triathlon bike.

Read more

Quizzes

Guess the manager quiz. Here's a hint, it's not these four.

The managerial merry-go-round spins quickly these days so do you think you’ve got the knowledge to recognise the faces of all these football bosses?

Read more
Croatia's Daniel Prajnic, France's Paul Pogba and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo... three hair-raising World Cup stars (Picture: Archant/Getty)

The World Cup is a showcase of fantastic football... and terrible hairstyles. Try this quiz and test your knowledge of the wackiest barnets in Brazil.

Read more
World Cup countries quiz

It's about time you refreshed your brains about the countries competing in Brazil.

Read more
Which London club play their home games at this stadium...? (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Do you fancy yourself as a football ground buff? Test your stadium knowledge with this brilliant quiz.

Read more

West Ham Transfer News

Didier Drogba. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Here are all of this morning’s transfer stories from around the web.

Read more
Keep up to date with all the latest transfer news from London24

Check out today’s biggest stories below and scroll down to join the transfer discussion with our reporters.

Read more
Striker Loic Remy  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

It’s been a busy day in the London24 office and that is due to a flurry of transfer talk and activity.

Read more
Keep up to date with all the latest transfer news from London24

Check out today’s biggest stories below and scroll down to join the transfer discussion with our reporters.

Read more