West Bromwich Albion have turned down a bid of £5 million from Queens Park Rangers for Jonas Olsson, with manager Steve Clarke insisting that the defender would not be sold.
ESPN understands Albion chairman Jeremy Peace has made it clear the Swedish defender is not for sale during the January transfer window - despite a £4m buy-out clause in Olsson's contract which will kick in next summer - and Clarke was keen to make that point on Thursday.
“There is a clause in Jonas’ contract which comes into play during the summer,” he said. “There are six clubs that can invoke that.
“I have spoken to Jonas and he says he is loving the football here, he is enjoying the position we are in and he is looking forward to the rest of the season. He will remain a West Brom player and we don’t have to sell anyone. He is not for sale, so there is no figure which is reasonable.”
QPR manager Harry Redknapp has made Olsson one of his chief targets as he looks to save the club from relegation to the Championship and is a long-time admirer of the 29-year-old.
Indeed, Redknapp came close to luring him to Spurs last summer - before he lost his job at White Hart Lane - but Albion made Olsson the club's highest earner, on a deal around £45,000-a-week, when he signed a new four-year contract at the Hawthorns in October.
However, it is now being reported the defender wants to move to London because of family reasons - although sources close to Olsson have indicated he has reservations about moving to Loftus Road, because of QPR's position in the Premier League.
Another barrier to any move is that Baggies manager Steve Clarke is determined to avoid losing one of his key players and reiterated that he has no intention of allowing Olsson to leave the club.
“I can confirm a bid has been turned down and I don’t encourage any more bids, because Jonas is not for sale,” he added.
Arsenal have also been linked with Olsson, who has been a huge success at the club since his £600,000 move from Heerenveen over four years ago.
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