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The Rumour Mill, Season 2011-12

Blues to 'pounce' on Olsson

07/05/2012 | Comments (25)
The Daily Mail claims that Everton are ready to pounce for West Brom contract rebel Jonas Olsson with the defender's stay the The Hawthorns heading for an end this summer.

The towering Sweden international is yet to put pen to paper on a new contract and with just 12 months left to run, the Baggies could be forced to cash in on the 29-year-old rather than risk losing him on a free.

David Moyes is believed to be a huge admirer of 6ft 4in Olsson, whose future is further complicated by the uncertainty of departing manager Roy Hodgson's future replacement.

Olsson is prepared to wait until after Euro 2012 - in which he will play against England in Ukraine this summer - before deciding his fate but the defender has previously hinted he wants to move on to a bigger club.

Original Source: Daily Mail

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Sam Hoare
304   Posted 07/05/2012 at 08:14:57

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Not a priority. Unless we sell jags for a good price.
Kase Chow
312   Posted 07/05/2012 at 08:48:39

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If Moyes rates him he must be good. And for free, worth the 'gamble'
Paul Ellam
316   Posted 07/05/2012 at 09:17:25

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By "pounce" they mean wait for a couple of months... by which time, plenty of other clubs will be tempted by him and he will eventually join Spurs!

'Pounce' suggests we are going to sign him by the end of the week but this will not happen.
Peter Bradshaw
318   Posted 07/05/2012 at 09:31:34

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Wont be free has a year on the contract to go probably 2 -3 million
Sam Hoare
321   Posted 07/05/2012 at 09:43:19

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2-3 million which would be better spent on Pienaar i'm sure most would agree.
Mike Allison
323   Posted 07/05/2012 at 09:52:21

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The first three signings should be wide or creative players. I'm not interested in anyone else until that's done (which it won't be of course).
Sam Hoare
324   Posted 07/05/2012 at 09:54:17

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First three signings Mike?! Expecting a busy summer are you with our transfer wealth?

Think it will depend largely on if we receive any big offers for our players which is why Moyes always says he wants to do business early but has to wait until last minute bids from other clubs like last summer with Arteta.

I should think it will be quiet with Pienaar coming in with maybe some cheap 'wonderkid' and no big names leaving.
James Martin
325   Posted 07/05/2012 at 10:01:47

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Doesn't fit the usual Moyes profile at all, he's old, in a position were we already have too much competition and would cost money. Can't see this one happening.
Steve Jones
331   Posted 07/05/2012 at 10:55:42

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If Bainesy has expressed a desire for CL footy, and someones willing to give us serious money for him, another defender, to allow Distin to shift left more permanently, might be an idea until Garbutt is ready to step up.

Moyes likes having a big 'un in the centre of defence and if Distin did shift to left back permanent that would leave us a bit 'short' in the middle with Jags and Johnny.

If we are possibly looking at losing Bainsey this could be a fairly good option to keep the back shored up and be able to spend a good chunk of the fee a bit farther up the pitch???
Mark Pierpoint
336   Posted 07/05/2012 at 11:32:38

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I would say that Left Back is not a priority and should not be our best player Steve, but to advocate just shoe horning a CB there wont work. Today full back is a specialist position. I think with more creative flair in midfield we COULD (though we don't want to sell) live without him
Jay Harris
348   Posted 07/05/2012 at 12:53:33

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I can't believe what I am reading here.

Sell our consistently best player who has the most assists and score free kicks and penalties for fun.

Baines is invaluable to the squad and barring the recent injury is the fittest player at the club.

His partnership with Pienaar needs to be developed not destroyed.

By all means sell the fringe players but not the core of the team.
Steve Jones
353   Posted 07/05/2012 at 12:54:29

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Fair one Mark, but, didnt Distin start out on the left at PSG?. Olsson is similar in that he's claimed to be able to play in the centre or on the left.

All I'm saying is IF Bainesy was looking to trot on, and we wanted to cover a gap for a couple of seasons until young Garbutt was ready, this lad from the Baggies might be an inexpensive way of doing it.

I'd just state that now we look to have the makings of a natural goalscorer for him to supply and a chance of getting his favourite hunting partner back in Pienaar I'd hope/expect Bainesy will give us another season.

Should we have to sell him on, for whatever reason, though between Distin and this Olsson we should be able to cover left back. IF Moyes is looking at the lad (again) it could be little more than solid contingency planning.
Mark Pierpoint
354   Posted 07/05/2012 at 13:20:30

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The argument rests squarely on the idea that Garbutt will ever be ready. Anyone got any ideas how he has got on at Cheltenham?
Paul Watson
355   Posted 07/05/2012 at 13:23:24

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re Garbutt at Cheltenham. The lower leagues aren't always a good pointer for the Premiership. Seamus was outstanding for Blackpool in The Championship.
Paul David
357   Posted 07/05/2012 at 13:27:36

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Garbutt and Bidwell are both about 18/19 I think. If one of these lads will become good enough and Baines were to leave in the summer, we would be better off finding a stop-gap left-back for a season or two. Expecting a teenager to be first choice and only left-back at the club would be a bit much. It's not the same as Barkley who has competition in his place and can be taken out of the side if form dictates.
Steve Jones
362   Posted 07/05/2012 at 13:58:38

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Mark #354

True, but, seeing as Garbutt has had to be released by the England U19 squad to help Cheltenham in their promotion playoff match I think its safe to assume that the lad has some ability!. As much as we can have faith in any young players I think we have grounds to be optimistic about him and Bidwell.
Mike Gaynes
369   Posted 07/05/2012 at 14:22:41

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I've heard nothing about Baines wanting to leave, and certainly we shouldn't be selling him. But if he does want to go, I don't think a CB is a priority. Distin can handle LB and Duffy is fine cover for Jags and Johnny. Whether Garbutt is ready is irrelevant. Duffy certainly is.
Steve Jones
371   Posted 07/05/2012 at 14:30:56

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Who's covering for Distin though?. I dont think anyone is saying Garbutt is ready....thats likely part of the issue!. As stated before Moyes likes having a tall option in the centre...Duffy has all you'd need, but, Moyes might not see him, at a tender 20yrs old, as a first choice CB just yet.

Olsson in on the cheap would tick a few boxes as a contingency option. IF we lost Bainesy.
Anto Byrne
507   Posted 08/05/2012 at 05:41:40

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Who will come, who will go?

Yakubu from Blackburn, looks a promising talent... can score goals and is the right side of 35. He could link up with Faddy.

There is a bid for Rooney at £60m to Barcelona ? do we get a onsale fee? Roll on next season.
Roman Sidey
511   Posted 08/05/2012 at 06:39:39

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Only be good to sign this guy if we sell Jagielka, which we should if an offer of 6m+ comes in.

Jay Harris, I appreciate Baines' input for assists, but to use his goals to big him up these days is a bit far. He's scored, what, five goals this year? One of them wasn't a penalty. Are you saying that none of our other players would be capable of taking penalties?

The other goal was a free kick. For someone who is supposedly our free-kick specialist, one goal in a season is a bit ordinary.
Anthony Millington
578   Posted 08/05/2012 at 14:17:20

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The wrong Olsson. We should look at Martin Olsson from Blackburn, especially now they're relegated. Natural left sided player with pace and good at working back (unlike Drenthe). He would also provide good cover for Baines but add an option at left mid!
Paul David
607   Posted 08/05/2012 at 17:56:45

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What about Maxi Rodriguez from Liverpool,is that acceptable?
Andy Meighan
619   Posted 08/05/2012 at 20:06:39

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If Moyes rates him, he must be good, hey Kase? Moyes rates McFadden...
Trevor Lynes
059   Posted 10/05/2012 at 11:31:16

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I thought that DM made a promise to LOWER the age of our squad.

With MacFadden obviously considered better than Barkley or Maggy it appear that our so called young player of the year is just the best of a very poor bunch !!

If the Olsen rumour is true then I will be losing even more interest in our once great club.

DM mentions in his comments that he starts every season looking to WIN the title with the players he has.

If that is true then he is either a completely blind idiot or on something ??

Our squaqd has been weakened and not strengthened...we owned Pienaar and Arteta and both have gone....NOW the talk is of bringing Pienaar back when we only just let him go ??????

It's like the Benny Hill show and we must be the laughing stock of the division if we as supporters are even discussing this article positively.....Have none of you guys got any memory,s at all ??

Blunder after blunder is followed by gobbleygook rumours and asinine discussions.....

Pienaar held out for wage parity with Arteta....Both left !!

Mcfadden was allowed to go and has since been discarded by Birmingham who are in the division below we re-sign him.

Weir retired and needed a job so we gave him one.
Likewise Ferguson etc etc etc.
The cry from this board is lack of money...SO why is the little we have got been wasted on the above has beens and in some cases never wasses.

Why was Hahnemann signed when he was dropped from his old club whilst we let Ruddy go who is playing every week for Norwich ??

FFS think before you bother to discuss an article which makes our club look stupid.
We are crying out for decent class premiership quality players who will enhance our squad and there are a few who could be available BUT...dont just bring in stopgap ageing players...bring in a few who have some mileage left on the clock.
We need at least one real croud pleaser who can lift the fans..

Pienaar should never have been allowed to go and neither should Arteta without having an adequate replacement for his position.
We need to offload...Mcfadden, Mucha or Hahnemann, and Neville.
Plus serious moves must be made to phase out Hibbert, Distin, Cahill and Osman over the next season or two.
Tom Bowers
095   Posted 10/05/2012 at 14:14:08

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We are short of cover at the back unless Moyes is ready to start Duffy?
Distin is still a good player but more susceptable to errors as he ages.
Jags and Heitinga are lacking in inches and against the likes of Carroll that can be a problem.
Olsson would be a good buy at the right price.

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