West Brom have a fight on their hands to retain the services of one of their best defenders; Jonas Olsson.
Jonas Olsson has been one of the main reasons West Brom have consolidated in the top half of the Premier League this season.
National newspapers are reporting that QPR have made a bid of £5 million for the centre back which has been rejected, with a source close to the player suggesting he wants to move to London for personal reasons.
ESPN report that West Brom have rejected the bid, but if the player really does want out, with around three weeks left until the transfer window closes and QPR increasingly desperate, it is unlikely to be the end of it.
The Swedish defender signed a new long term deal to stay at West Brom last October which suggests that if West Brom do let him go, it will be for much more than the initial bid made by Harry Redknapp’s side.
However, West Brom may have no choice in the matter because Olsson is claimed to have a release clause in his current deal which QPR are trying to activate.
If he does move to the struggling London side then it could mean an increase in income for him personally as well as the chance to prove himself in a defence which has so far shipped 36 goals home and away.
Redknapp has been reportedly tracking a high number of top quality defenders as he seeks to improve the quality of the APR squad, having previously criticised players in the team earning more than they are worth.
Olsson certainly has the all round game and experience to take a regular first team place at QPR and he is no stranger to pressure having played in some huge international matches for his country.
However, these personal reasons talked about behind a possible move will have to be extremely strong because the move doesn’t make any sense from a football point of view.
West Brom could well challenge for Europa League football by the end of the current season and even still have an outside chance of making the Champions League.
Why a player would want to swap all of that for the threat of Premier League relegation is a little bit mystifying and it’s certainly a decision which won’t sit well with West Brom fans if Olsson decides to push through the transfer.
He remains one of the most popular West Brom players due to his charismatic performances on the pitch and the way he aggressively deals with imposing, top quality strikers from the biggest sides in the division.
Is there any sense in Olsson joining QPR?
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