One of the latest names to be linked to West Ham is Swedish international centre half Jonas Olsson. The towering defender appeared in two of Sweden’s three matches at Euro 2012, including the 3-2 defeat by England.
Olsson has one year remaining on his contract at West Bromwich Albion but West Ham are reportedly looking to take him away from the Hawthorns to Upton Park.
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Having made 128 appearances for West Brom in the Premier League, should Olsson come to West Ham, he would have more top flight experience than James Tomkins and Winston Reid with their total only combining to 67 appearances.
After the departure of Abdoulaye Faye on a free transfer, West Ham currently only possess two recognised centre backs in Tomkins and Reid creating the need for an addition to the back line.
Olsson is a commanding centre back who brings assurance to any teams defence, despite Sweden’s shaky showings in Poland and Ukraine. At 6’4’’, he is often the victor in any aerial battle and can fit in nicely on the left side of the centre half position.
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He is much more of a similar player to Tomkins rather than Reid, as instead of coming out of the backline to collect the ball, he will often stay in position and cover for the goalkeeper and his centre back partner.
If Olsson were to arrive, he could be a tremendous acquisition to prevent goals at the back and will be available for a small fee due to the time remaining on his contract.
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