According to a report from Football Insider, League One outfit Sunderland are preparing to make a move for free agent defender Martin Olsson, formerly of Blackburn Rovers, Norwich City and Swansea City.

Swedish international defender Martin Olsson has been available on a free transfer since the start of the summer transfer window, leaving Championship side Swansea City upon the expiry of his contract earlier this summer. Now, with just a matter of hours before the window closes, he could be set to find a new club.

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League One side Sunderland are reportedly considering offering Olsson a deal at the Stadium of Light. And, with Olsson a free agent, the Black Cats could pursue a deal beyond the deadline, with the rules allowing free agents to join clubs outside of the window. Sunderland boss Jack Ross is keen to bring in left-back reinforcements soon after Reece James and Bryan Oviedo both left the club this summer.

Olsson has played at the top for a long time, spending his entire senior career in England after joining the Blackburn Rovers academy from Swedish side Hogaborg in 2006. He made his breakthrough into senior football with Rovers, going on to play 142 times for the club, scoring four goals and providing 14 assists at Ewood Park, leaving the club in 2013 to join Norwich City.

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In his four years with Norwich, the 31-year-old played 129 matches (four goals, nine assists), playing for the Canaries in the Premier League and the Championship before joining Swansea City in the summer of 2017. Now, having played 75 times for Swansea, Olsson is now a free agent and Sunderland could be ready to offer him a route back into the game.


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