Blackburn remain stubborn over Olsson

Blackburn Rovers boss Michael Appleton says West Ham need to up their offer for Martin Olsson, are they playing games with the Hammers?

West Ham have put in a perfectly reasonable bid of £2 million for Blackburn Rovers defender Martin Olsson but the Venky’s owned club are holding out for more.

It’s unreasonable according to Michael Appleton, who barely has any experience with the Blackburn squad having only just turned his back on Blackpool to become the new Blackburn Rovers boss.

Bear in mind Venky’s run Blackburn as a business as the owners are purely businessmen themselves so it’s not beyond the realms of possibility they are trying to pull West Ham’s trousers down with this deal.

Blackburn haven’t done anything wrong because no club puts in a bid for a player with their best offer straight up.

It’s the fee that Blackburn are holding out for, a reported £5 million, which seems unreasonable considering the quality of players, better than Olsson, available for under that amount.

“I was made aware of a bid that was put in before I took the reins but it is way below the value we see him at. Until a bid reaches the valuation we think it should be, there is not a conversation,” Appleton told the Independent.

Olsson is a very solid and versatile defender who has started 20 games for Blackburn this season so he clearly has some value. He’s also played international football for Sweden so Appleton is perfectly within his rights to say Blackburn want more.

According to reports, West Ham are about to put in another bid for the player worth around £3.5 million which Blackburn will reject, more than likely causing West Ham to look elsewhere for another versatile defender.

Alan Pardew is the perfect example of a manager that can get good value for scouting long and hard enough, regularly signing players from Ligue 1 in France for under the amount Blackburn want for Olsson.

There has to be some sort of compromise because Blackburn are not in the position they once were and they can’t afford to throw their weight around which can risk alienating important deals.

This probably isn’t going to go anywhere considering Sam Allardyce is not the sort of boss who likes to be bullied around in the transfer market and Blackburn have shown no intention of meeting West Ham half way over the price.

Is Olsson a good fit for West Ham and should they dance to Blackburn’s tunes?

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