West Ham boss hits out at Blackburn over Olsson valuation

08:07 30 January 2013

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

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

EMPICS Sport

Transfer news: Sam Allardyce is baffled by Blackburn’s high valuation of Martin Olsson and admits West Ham have been priced out of a move for the defender.

West Ham had an opening offer of £2million turned down by the Championship club, who are reportedly demanding in excess of £4.5m for the Sweden international.

Allardyce, who worked with Olsson during his time at Ewood Park, believes the 24-year-old’s price tag is inflated as Blackburn look to capitalise on the Hammers’ urgent need for defenders.

But while he believes the price could be lowered as Thursday’s transfer deadline nears, Allardyce insists he has turned his attention elsewhere since signing Emanuel Pogatetz on loan from Wolfsburg.

“I think it is based on how desperate they think we are,” said Allardyce of Olsson’s valuation.

“Everybody talks about an inflated window and I think that is the case until the last two days.

“Martin Olsson was of interest to me and I couldn’t see anyone else going for him.”

He continued: “I was interested in him because I developed him as a left back in the Premier League in my time at Blackburn, so I know the player well and what has happened to him since then is a decline.

“If there were other clubs going for him too I could understand the valuation but there isn’t anybody.

“I’m not saying they won’t get that price, they might in the next couple of days, but we went and made our offer and then decided to move into another area.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Submit your West Ham player ratings

Latest West Ham news

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce shouts from the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

The Hammers put Chelsea to the sword but couldn’t find the breakthrough they thoroughly deserved

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
West Ham United's James Tomkins (left) and Alex Song wearing DT38 Foundation T Shirts in memory of former West Ham player Dylan Tombides during the warm up before the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce fears for defenders’ hopes after Crystal Palace defeat

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Tony Cottee

West Ham Columnist Tony Cottee is hoping for the team to bounce back against Chelsea tonight

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
West Ham United's Nene shows his frustration after a missed chance during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

After a fine debut, Nene could start tonight’s game with Chelsea at Upton Park

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Stephen Henderson of Charlton Athletic   (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Charlton goalkeeper Stephen Henderson believes the Addicks must push as hard as they can to climb towards the play-off places this season and is loving life at The Valley after his struggles at West Ham.

Promoted content

A look at one of our previous Design Fairs

Chelsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the renowned Desire Fair from 6-8 March 2015. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed.

(Not guaranteed)

Mothers Day is fast approaching, so we’ve rounded up some unusual and beautiful gifts for you to dazzle the most important woman in your life come March 15th.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

West Ham Transfer News

West Ham's Winston Reid in action against Tottenham (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce insists Winston Reid is no closer to agreeing a new contract at Upton Park – despite having an “exceptionally good offer” on the table from the club.

Read more
Fiorentina's Micah Richards (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

On-loan Fiorentina right back Micah Richards has admitted he wants to come back to the Premier League but probably not with Manchester City.

Read more
Steven Fletcher of Sunderland is tackled by Winston Reid  (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

West Ham defender James Tomkins wants fellow centre back Winston Reid to follow in his footsteps by signing a new contract at Upton Park.

Read more
Sam Allardyce and Emmanuel Adebayor

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce admits he was gutted the Hammers missed out on signing Emmanuel Adebayor from Spurs on transfer deadline day.

Read more
Lassana Diarra in action for Lokomotiv Moscow (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)

Lassana Diarra has set his sights on a summer move to West Ham after he missed out on a January switch to Upton Park.

Read more