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West Brom confident of keeping Olsson

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West Bromwich Albion sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth has suggested the club will retain the services of defender Jonas Olsson even if he decides not to renew his contract when it expires next year.

The Sweden international was linked with a surprise move to Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month although the Baggies have intimated that they would like him to stay.

Olssson is scheduled in for talks with Albion officials after he has returned from representing his country at the European Championships at Poland and Ukraine.

And Ashworth has suggested that the 29-year-old could stay at the Hawthorns even if he decides not to renew his current deal despite becoming a key player since arriving for £800,000 from NEC Nijmegen four years ago.

He 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.

“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.”

It was also revealed on Tuesday that the Midlands club have begun talks with rivals Birmingham about permanently signing Ben Foster following the conclusion of his season-long loan spell.

The former England international won the clubs player of the year award and Ashworth hopes to conclude a deal quickly for the shotstopper.

“We’ve started discussions with Birmingham and we hope we can find a solution that suits them and suits us.” he said.

“If we can’t, then no problem – we’ll have to move on. But it’s down to discussions with them.

“As with every transfer, the selling club has ‘X’ in mind and the buying club only value at ‘Y’ so you hope that you find a tipping point that suits both parties.”

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