Derby County have reportedly had a bid rejected for Blackburn Rovers’ Marcus Olsson, according to the Sun (via Derby Telegraph)
The Rams, who sit second in the league behind fellow promotion rivals Middlesbrough, are said to have tabled an offer of around £250,000 for the Swedish full back.
Marcus, brother of Norwich City’s Martin Olsson, has been the subject of rumours involving a switch to the Midlands club since November.
The 27-year-old left back has made a more than positive impression since arriving at Ewood Park from Swedish outfit Halmstads BK, and was voted Rovers’ Player of the Season last campaign.
However, his contract with the Lancashire club is due to run out at the conclusion of this season, which leaves Paul Lambert with little negotiating power should Derby follow up with a second, more substantial offer.
Paul Clement has been a busy figure in the transfer market since his arrival at the iPro Stadium earlier this year, splashing the cash in order to lure talent such as Thomas Ince and Bradley Johnson to the club.
Clement only needed a week and a half of the January transfer window to add yet more depth to his squad, recruiting ex-Reading forward Nick Blackman, winger Abdoul Camara from French side Angers, and Slovakian goalkeeper Henrich Ravas.
The ex-Real Madrid assistant coach had previously claimed his transfer dealings for this month were done and dusted following the new signings, but it seems that he has gone back on his word as his interest in bringing Olsson to the club has become evident.
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