Baggies centre back set to decide his future

West Bromwich Albion defender Jonas OlssonJonas Olsson is expected to end speculation on a possible move away from the Hawthorns after entering contract negotiations with Baggies Sporting and Technical director Dan Ashworth.

The Swedish defender announced his intentions of leaving West Brom in the summer, and was linked to several other clubs including Everton, Fulham and Galatasaray. A £4million move to Tottenham seemed most likely however, until Harry Redknapp’s departure from White Hart Lane.

Now the player’s contract is up at the end of this season, and the club’s management are keen for him to renew his current deal. This Wednesday, Olsson’s agent Martin Dahlin and Dan Ashworth opened discussions on a new contract at the club’s training ground.

Baggies Boss Steve Clarke said: “Jonas’ discussions are ongoing. The fact that his agent was here tells you that.

“In the matches he has played since I have been here, Jonas has been terrific. The contract talks certainly haven’t been playing on his mind.”

Goalkeeper Ben Foster had similar praise for the Swede: “It’s people like Jonas we need to be keeping. He is such an important part of our team.”

The contract talks are by no means a done deal however, with Galatasaray and Atletico Madrid expressing their interest in luring the centre back away from the Premier League.