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West Brom reject QPR's Olsson bid

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West Bromwich Albion have turned down a bid of £5 million from Queens Park Rangers for Jonas Olsson.

ESPN understands Albion chairman Jeremy Peace has made it clear the Swedish defender is not for sale during the January transfer window - despite a reported £4m buy-out clause in Olsson's contract which will kick in next summer.

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.

Redknapp came close to luring Olsson to Spurs last summer, before he lost his job at White Hart Lane, resulting in Olsson signing a new four-year contract at the Hawthorns in October.

Albion made Olsson the club's highest earner, on a deal around £45,000-a-week, but now it is being reported the defender wants to move to London due to family reasons.

Redknapp wants Olsson to bolster his defence as he is set to lose Ryan Nelsen, who has decided to take up the offer of a managerial post in Canada.

Sources close to Olsson have, though, indicated he has reservations about moving to Loftus Road, because of QPR's position in the Premier League.

Baggies manager Steve Clarke is determined to avoid losing one of his key players and made it clear last week he has no intention of allowing Olsson to leave the club.

Clarke said: "Why would I expect to lose Jonas in January? January is the silly season. We can hang on to every single player. We don't have to sell anybody."

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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