RUMOUR MILL: Norwich City knock back West Ham enquiry for Martin Olsson as Hammers target Ipswich’s Aaron Cresswell

Norwich City's Martin Olsson continues to be linked with a Carrow Road summer exit. Picture: Stephen Pond/PA Wire. Norwich City's Martin Olsson continues to be linked with a Carrow Road summer exit. Picture: Stephen Pond/PA Wire.

Thursday, July 3, 2014
12:18 PM

Norwich City have rebuffed West Ham’s enquiry for defender Martin Olsson, according to Skysports.

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Olsson had been linked to the Hammers during the early part of the summer, but Sky claimed on Thursday lunchtime Sam Allardyce had followed up his long time interest in the Swedish international, who he worked with previously at Blackburn, before switching his attentions to Ipswich’s Aaron Cresswell.

The former Tranmere defender is reportedly undergoing a medical after Town agreed a fee for the highly-rated full-back just days after Mick McCarthy confirmed there was genuine top flight interest in his coveted defender.

Allardyce is in the market for a left-back after the departures of Razvan Rat, Pablo Amero and George McCartney, but Norwich reportedly rejected the Olsson enquiry with the Canaries under no financial pressure to offload their key men.

Norwich’s top brass did sanction a club record deal for Robert Snodgrass, who completed his move to Premier League Hull City earlier this week, but Neil Adams is looking to bolster his squad for the Championship campaign following the arrivals of Kyle Lafferty and Lewis Grabban.

Olsson, who has also been touted with a West Brom switch recently, enjoyed an impressive debut campaign on a personal level for the Canaries following his Ewood Park switch after establishing himself as the club’s first choice left-back. The 26-year-old made 34 Premier League appearances despite struggling with a shoulder injury which forced him to miss Sweden’s summer friendlies.

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18 comments

  • Trust me MB ive had enough bad karma without inviting the devil in to.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • As most of us seem to be generally agreed that we would be happy if there were no further departures. Martin Ollson is a player that we must hang on to. I am still convinced that we will see the best from Hoops and RVW next season if they want to stay and help us all forget the nightmare that was last season behind us.

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    Egyptian canary

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • You`ve recently commented about "the Devil in your back yard", Mattias. Take care.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • I am slightly concerned that with all the strikers available, Adams will chop and change and never discover the best pairingcombination up front.

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    waclor

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • looks like West Ham are buying Cresswell so its stand down time now. However, suspect there will be more attention focussed on him before the window. genuinely hope he stays.

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    Steady On

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • On the odd occasion last season,you could see the pain in his face from the shoulder injury.I noticed it at throw-ins.Most of the time,he managed to either cope with it,or more likely, hide it.He was unlucky not to get the Barry Butler award with that sort of commitment and passion.His performances can only improve after the op and recovery but even 2nd place last season should let him know he is held in some esteem by Canaries' fans.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • Not the best time to bring this fella up, but following on from what goldie said, look at the difference between Liverpool and spurs last season. One team hanged on to a star player in Suarez and resisted the money. Spurs cashed in on Bale and struggled. Now of course im not for a second claiming Olsson is Bale or Suarez but same method. Snodgrass was a no brainer. He was a decent player but in last year of his deal, 7-8 million you cant knock back. Players like Olsson, Ruddy are key players to keep hold of.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • That's a very good point Goldie. We couldn't really turn down the Snodgrass offer as he only had one year left, but should be trying to keep the team as intact as possible if we are serious about promotion. Sure players can be replaced, but then the team needs time to gel. We need to hang on to our 1st team as much as we can, adding a few hungry signings with potential to perform in the prem, adding coverage and competition in the process.

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    canary can-can

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • Everyone seems to be thinking in the short term I hope the Management and Board are not thinking in the same way.

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    goldie

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • Surely if the Board are serious about going up at first attempt you have to keep your best players for the Premiership next season or City will be starting from scratch again with a team of Chumpionship players, resulting in a quick exit again back to the Chumpionship.

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    goldie

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • Agree lincs. While I say i'd be happy if nobody else left (inc those people keep slating), im positive some will of course leave. No doubt there but in a fantasy world i'd be more than happy if I was the manager right now. On paper it is a superb squad to select from.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • Everyone is right, we need players of his quality... but he is one of the 5 to depart.. now 4..so expect when the right deal come in He's Off.

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    OLDYELLA

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • Agree Matt that no more departures plus a couple more in would be ideal. Have my doubts though. I think a striker or two could leave (Becchio\Hoops or RVW) That could generate cash for other areas, particularly if we lose the creativity of Hoolahan\Pilks. Also, it concerns me when fans talk of being able to live without our best players because we have others who can do a job at this level. If our aspirations are for a quick return then we must hold on to the best players or replace them with better ones.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • Not too surprising, I think. Left backs with with a bit of pace are well placed to do overlapping runs, and every player should be able to contribute to defending as and when it's needed. Perhaps it should be expected that, at the very least, good players in those positions can cover for each other if either are out due to suspensions or injuries.

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    Dennis English

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • Its funny how the national news papers were saying Olsson's brother whose a left winger was being linked with a move to ITFC to replace their out going left back Cresswell. They are talking about a left winger replacing a left back and were talking about our Olsson, a left back playing as a left winger.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • I liked his performance when Adams played him up front as a winger, maybe we should keep him and use him in that position? He can use his pace to get back and help out defending when needed. I rate him as a higher priority to keep than Snodgrass, even though I rated him as well.

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    Dennis English

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • Exactly Steady on. Olsson too me is similar to Ruddy. Im sure hes ambitious and would love to play at the higher level, but hes not struck me as the type to cause an issue or force his way out. Therefore i'd be looking for NCFC to hold out on selling him to the point that it take an insane offer to shift him. If Snodgrass can be sold for 7-8 million in the final year of his deal, Olsson can command waaaaaay more than that surely! Garrido has never ever let the club down but Olsson is just on another level and id be gutted to see him go. I actually think Whittaker will do a pretty tidy job at championship level and surprise a lot of people. Especially since we now hopefully go from being the 'careful careful defensive underdogs' to the side on the front foot attacking teams. I honestly wouldnt be bothered if we started the season now with no departures and maybe 1 or 2 new faces on top of Grabban etc. On paper its an extremely strong championship side.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

  • He's a player we should very much try and keep but one that we can afford to let go, at the right price. He proved himself last season to be a very competent premier league fullback and I would hope any offer would reflect that. Garrido would do very well at left back at this level and another alternative I've always mused at is playing Elliot Bennett as Right back. I think he'd do a superb job there. Whittaker is versatile enough to cover both left and right which is an excellent asset to have.

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    Steady On

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

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