West Brom manager Steve Clarke has categorically ruled out the possible sale of centre back Jonas Olsson in January.

Olsson has been a rock at the back for Albion so far this season as they sit 7th in the Premier League going into an FA Cup tie with QPR today.

Rumours had been flying around in the media that the Swedish international has a relatively small buy-out clause in his contact at the Hawthorns and that has attracted plenty of clubs to the possibility of a smash and grab deal this month.

Arsenal were set to be leading the way to his signature but many other Premier League clubs and sides from Turkey were also reportedly interested in the 29 year old.

The Albion boss is confident that he will keep hold of all of his main stars in the transfer window and wants to build on the clubs impressive first half of the season.

“We can hang on to every single player,” Clarke told Sky Sports.

“We don’t have to sell anybody.

“Speculation is natural, because people make up stories to generate the interest. I know they make them up.

“But it’s not unsettling for me in anyway, because I know that, come 1st February, the players that I need to be here will still be here.”

 

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