Allardyce ready to raid former club for Swedish left back

Hammers target Blackburn defender as Allardyce ramps up January transfer activity

Laurie Whitwell


13:34 GMT, 4 January 2013



13:34 GMT, 4 January 2013

Sam Allardyce will look at signing Martin Olsson to cover West Ham's need for a new left back.

The Swedish international played under Allardyce when he was in charge of Blackburn and handed in a transfer request last summer with his agent stating he would refuse to play in the Championship.

But Olsson stayed and has played 21 times this season. He would cost around 2million.

Reunion: Allardyce want to reunite with Blackburn's Martin Ollsson (centre) at Upton Park

Target: Martin Olsson is one of the players Sam Allardyce would like at West Ham

Allardyce said: ‘If they have made Martin available I would definitely be interested because I worked with the lad at Blackburn when I was there for two years.

‘I had a really good time developing him into what I consider to be quite a good player.

Swede: The 24-year-old is currently first choice left back for Sweden and has won 14 caps for his country

Capped: Olsson (left) has already won 14 caps for Sweden

‘But whether Blackburn are wanting to sell anybody in their plight to get back into the Premier League I don’t know.

‘We’ll need to find a left back as quick as we can. Joey O’Brien has a tight hamstring and George McCartney is out for a number of weeks. So our left back area is a little weak at the moment.

Allardyce also confirmed his interest in Arsenal’s Marouane Chamakh.

On the move: Marouane Chamakh (right) in training with Arsenal team-mate Abou Diaby on Thursday

On the move: Marouane Chamakh (right) in training with Arsenal team-mate Abou Diaby on Thursday

‘We’ve made an inquiry,’ he said. ‘The situation I have with Andy Carroll being injured and Modibo Maiga going to the African Cup of Nations, this moment as a striker we have Carlton Cole and that’s it.'