Olsson in Albion exit link
West Bromwich Albion,
Sunderland are reportedly poised to test West Brom's resolve to keep defender Jonas Olsson by making a late transfer window swoop.
Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill has finally splashed the cash in the summer market with a combined £22million raid to sign Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson from Wolves and Manchester City respectively.
However, the Northern Irishman is aiming to bolster his squad further and a new defender is thought to be on his wanted list after Michael Turner and George McCartney were allowed to leave for Norwich and West Ham respectively.
Sweden international, Olsson, who can play in central defence or left-back, is thought to be a top target given that he is now in the final year of his contract at the Hawthorns and has not yet signed an extension.
Baggies boss Steve Clarke has made it clear that he has no intentions of allowing the 29-year-old depart the Hawthorns this summer regardless of whether he pens a new deal or not.
Therefore it would require a sizeable offer to entice him to part with one of his key men with only a few days to go before Friday's deadline.
O'Neill could switch his sights to Ukrainian side Dnipro's Croatian stopper Ivan Strinic if he fails to lure Olsson from the Baggies.