Baggies keen to keep Olsson

PA Sport
Jonas Olsson has been a lynchpin in West Brom's defence since arriving in 2008
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Jonas Olsson has been a lynchpin in West Brom's defence since arriving in 2008

West Brom sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth has hinted the club may keep defender Jonas Olsson for the final year of his contract even if he decides against signing a new deal.

Olsson is due to have talks with the Baggies over his future following Sweden's elimination from Euro 2012 earlier this week. The 29-year-old has been linked with a move to Tottenham, although Albion want him to extend his stay at The Hawthorns.

But Ashworth told the Wolverhampton Express and Star: "There wasn't a huge outlay on a transfer fee so we don't need to make a huge amount of money back if we decided to run the contract down."

He added: "We would have to weigh it up and decide whether there is a transfer offer that meets the value of getting a replacement.

"It's a difficult one to answer because we haven't had any offers and I don't want to sell him."

Olsson made it clear before he went on international duty that he would prefer not to enter the final year of his contract with his future still undecided.

He has become a key player for Albion since making an £800,000 move from NEC Nijmegen four years ago.

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