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West Brom will not be signing trialist Martin Olsson

West Brom will not be making any further additions after Express & Star journalist Joseph Masi provided a fresh update on the situation surrounding one of their trialists.

What’s he said?

Last month, the Baggies took on former Premier League left-back Martin Olsson for a trial as Slaven Bilic looked to bolster his backline.

The Croatian even extended his stay at the Hawthorns into a further week as he mulled over the 48-time Swedish international.

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But it has now been revealed that he’s no longer at the club and will not be joining on a permanent basis.

Olsson has been without a club since the summer following his release from Championship rivals Swansea City, and he’s not featured competitively in 14 months

Masi tweeted on Monday:

Changing dynamics

Circumstances changed quite quickly over the course of the January transfer window, making a move for Olsson pretty much redundant.

Young defender Nathan Ferguson was set to join top-flight outfit Crystal Palace before his move fell through on Deadline Day just as Bilic opted to sign Cardiff City full-back Lee Peltier on a free transfer.

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Kieran Gibbs is also edging closer to a return at left-back with Conor Townsend deputising in his absence, so the need for another addition in the role soon diminished.

When the news broke about Olsson being on trial at the Hawthorns, former Villa and Spurs striker Darren Bent claimed it would be a “good signing” before going on to praise the 31-year-old, he said to Football Insider:

[Olsson] knows what it takes, you need players like that, it’s great having all these young players with all the energy in the world who work hard, but at the same time, you need experience. Olsson has always done well, wherever he has been, solid character and he’s good to have in the dressing room, so I think that will be a really good signing.”

West Brom have been coping as it is as they currently hold a four-point lead at the top of the Championship table with fellow January additions like Callum Robinson and Kamil Grosicki already making an impact whilst Peltier is yet to feature.

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