Norwich City’s Martin Olsson reflects on ‘turbulent’ collapse of deadline day move to West Brom

Norwich City defender Martin Olsson was tracked by Premier League duo Swansea and West Brom during t

Norwich City defender Martin Olsson was tracked by Premier League duo Swansea and West Brom during the January window. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Martin Olsson admits the collapse of his dramatic deadline day move to West Brom may be a blessing in disguise with Norwich City closing in on the Premier League.

Olsson travelled to the Midlands in the closing hours of the January transfer window in a proposed deal that would have seen Graham Dorrans make a permanent switch in the opposite direction.

The 26-year-old was also the subject of a transfer enquiry from fellow top flight rivals Swansea, but the Welsh club appeared to baulk at City's valuation of the attacking left-back.

'West Bromwich had no problems with it, Swansea had a little problem,' he said. 'It was very turbulent, but that is how the window is. Everything went so fast and it was only a few hours left. It did not feel right; now it feels good to be left behind. Although West Bromwich and Swansea is good clubs I'm just happy that they were interested.

'Now I'm back in Norwich I focus on Norwich and going up to the Premier League with them. We are only three points away from a direct place in the Premier League and we hope that we will go up.'

Olsson's Baggies' deal reportedly collapsed over a relegation clause that would have allowed the defender to move on if Albion went down.

Speaking to Swedish daily newspaper Expressen ahead of playing 90 minutes in his country's Euro 2016 2-0 qualifying win in Moldova on Friday night, the defender confirmed money was not the reason the proposed transfer fell through but dismissed speculation adverse weather conditions on the night had prevented him travelling to Albion.

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'It is not true. It was snowing but I managed to arrive on time. So there was no problem with it,' he said. 'It was not the economy or money. There was some other stuff in the contract. It was not about the money and everything went too quickly. They wanted to get some stuff and we wanted to get certain things as well.'