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

Live Blog Transfer Window Aftermath

 

Latest Stories

7 minutes ago
Myles Lovell saved the lives of two people - and now wants to know how they are doing [Picture by St John's Ambulance]

A man who saved the lives of two people after their car flipped over is appealing for them to get in touch.

Read more
17 minutes ago
Seahorses are a protected species and trade in them is illegal (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

A Chinese medicine trader has been fined for selling sexual enhancement pills made with seahorse extracts.

Read more
The woman was attacked in a house in Hatherley Road, Walthamstow (Picture: Google Streetview)

A woman was stabbed in the neck and a six-year-old child injured after they were attacked at a house in Walthamstow in broad daylight.

Read more

Promotions

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the ZOE was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

TOP STORIES

Quizzes

Guess the managers quiz

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

Morgan Amalfitano.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

West Ham snared their ninth signing of the summer on transfer deadline day but they were frustrated in their efforts to sign another defender.

Read more
Follow the latest transfer news and gossip with London24

The summer transfer window is over for another year with every club making deals right up to last night’s 11pm deadline.

Read more
England's Danny Welbeck moved to Arsenal in a £16million deal. Picture: PA Wire

Premier League clubs smashed the record for transfer spending by splashing out £835million on new players this summer. Here, we provide a club-by-club rundown of all the ins and outs.

Read more
Morgan Amalfitano (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Morgan Amalfitano has revealed he had no doubts about sealing a transfer deadline day switch to West Ham after speaking with manager Sam Allardyce.

Read more
Follow the latest transfer news and gossip with London24

The transfer window is over after an epic deadline day which saw the last deal done at 1am on Tuesday morning. Check out the top transfer stories below and see how our sports team broke them in our live blog.

Read more