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Blackburn Rovers won't let Olsson go on cheap
GARY Bowyer says only a sizeable offer would persuade Blackburn Rovers to part with Martin Olsson – despite the Swede’s agent claiming that the player is attracting serious interest from the Premier League.
Reports suggest that Norwich City want to sign Olsson, although Bowyer insisted he was unaware of any offer from the Canaries.
The Rovers boss was also bemused by a quote attributed to Olsson saying: “I want to leave and the club knows”.
Bowyer said he had received no such indication from the player.
The Rovers boss has made it clear he is under no financial pressure to sell players and regards Olsson as a key figure for Rovers.
“He’s hoping to go to the World Cup with Sweden and he’s a valuable member of the squad, so it would certainly take a good offer,” Bowyer said.
“He’s been linked with clubs but until we get anything concrete we’ll have to see what happens.
“We’ve had no contact from Norwich as far as I’m aware. He’s not said anything to me about wanting to leave.”
The reports in Sweden indicated that Norwich may offer a player in exchange for Olsson.
The Norfolk club were also linked with the 25-year-old in January, when West Ham had offers up to £4m rejected for the left-sided player.
Olsson still has two years left on his contract at Ewood Park and missed the end of the season with a knee injury.
He linked up with the Sweden squad for training earlier this month, but had not recovered sufficiently to feature in their World Cup qualifying games.
Rovers are also eager to retain star striker Jordan Rhodes, with Hull likely to be priced out of a move and another interested club – West Ham – last night on the verge of completing a deal for Liverpool’s Andy Carroll.
Meanwhile, Bowyer is mulling over Burton Albion’s request to take young defender Anthony O’Connor on loan while the Rovers boss is continuing in his attempts to add to his squad.
David Jones and Todd Kane are among those he wants to bring to the club next season – the latter likely to be on loan.
“We’ve looking at several targets, I don’t really want to put a number on it,” added Bowyer who has returned to Rovers’ training facility at Brockhall after a short holiday.
“I was hoping it was going to hot up at the start of this week but it hasn’t happened yet.
“We’ve had a couple of enquiries for a couple of our young lads on loan, but that’s been about it.”
Rovers teenager Tim Payne featured for New Zealand under 20s as they were beaten 2-1 in a friendly against Egypt in Turkey.
The game was their New Zealand’s warm-up match ahead of their first fixture at the Under 20s World Cup on Monday.
* Tickets for Rovers’ pre-season friendly at Crewe on July 16 are now on sale at the Roverstore, priced £8 for adults, £4 for over 60s and £2 for under 16s.
Rovers fans travelling to the club’s pre-season friendly against Portimonense in Portugal can buy tickets on the day of the game in the Algarve with price set at 10 Euros.
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