Appleton: West Ham target Martin Olsson won't leave Blackburn cheaply

The new manager at Ewood Park declares that the Premier League side, who had a £2 million bid rejected for the left-back, will have to increase their offer if they are serious
New Blackburn manager Michael Appleton has warned that West Ham target Martin Olsson will not be leaving the club cheaply, with the Premier League side needing to up their valuation if they are serious about signing him.

The Hammers had a £2 million bid rejected by Rovers for the Sweden international and the incoming boss says that, until an offer comes in which they feel represents the true value of their player, he will remain at Ewood Park.

"Nothing is happening at the minute," Appleton told reporters at his unveiling to the press at Blackburn on Thursday. "I was made aware of a bid that was put in before I took the reins but it is way below the value we see him at.

"Until a bid reaches the valuation we think it should be, there is not a conversation. Martin continues to be a Blackburn player.

9/5 Blackburn are 9/5 with PaddyPower to keep a clean sheet against Charlton
"He is a fantastic player, an international with bags of talent, and I am looking forward to working with him.

"We have a couple of weeks left [of the transfer window]. As with any football club, some players will leave, others will come in but a few new faces will do the club a world of good.

"It will bring fresh competition but it has to be players who will affect the starting XI, not the 18."