MARTIN Olsson insists he is he focused “100 per cent” on Blackburn Rovers as the club prepare themselves for a fight to keep hold of the Swedish international.
Olsson played a starring role in Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup third round tie against Bristol City – as Rovers made it three wins in a row for the first time since 2008 – before refusing to get involved in speculation about his future.
Reports claiming West Ham have made a £2million bid for the full back are premature, although the Londoners are expected to make their interest official imminently.
It is understood Rovers are determined to keep hold of the Swede this January with caretaker boss Gary Bowyer adamant Olsson is worth a lot more than the £2million figure being suggested.
Olsson said: “I have nothing to say on that. I just want to focus on Rovers. I don’t want to offend anyone, I just want to focus on my football and that’s it.
“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.”
With the likes of Gael Givet, Paul Robinson and Mauro Formica also understood to be attracting interest from suitors across Europe, Rovers will be facing a fight to keep their squad intact.
And Bowyer believes there should be no surprise clubs are interested in their players but is hopeful they can fend off potential buyers.
He said: “I’m not surprised the Premier League clubs are interested in Martin Olsson. He is a Swedish international and a very good player. You look at his level of performance, his pace is fantastic and his defending has been good.
“We have got some good players in this football club and I understand Premier League clubs are going to be interested in our players. It is a compliment to them.
“I have not heard that (a West Ham bid), it would have gone to the board first but in my opinion £2million is not enough. He is worth more than that.
“I would not want to lose him, the football club needs good players. We are trying to strive to get back to the Premier League and we need good players.”
It is believed French top flight outfit Evian will have to up the ante in their attempts to sign Gael Givet on loan, having only offered to pay half of his wages.
Meanwhile Rovers full back Adam Henley will have a scan on a hamstring injury he picked up on Saturday today.