West Brom boss Steve Clarke today confirmed key defender Jonas Olsson has a summer escape clause in his contract after the Baggies rejected a £5m bid from Queens Park Rangers.
Albion turned down Rangers’ offer today but the move forced Clarke to confirm details of Olsson’s get-out clause this afternoon.
The Sweden international can exit The Hawthorns for a pre-determined figure in the summer transfer window – but only to one of six clubs named in his contract.
The clubs are thought to be major names in European football – not including QPR – and the clause is not active in the current transfer window.
Olsson penned a new four-year deal at The Hawthorns in August following a summer of speculation about his future.
Clarke admitted: “There is a clause in his contract that comes into play in the summer and there are six clubs that can activate that.
“I don’t think it would be prudent of me to give a figure but it doesn’t come into play in the January window.
“I can confirm there has been a bid, I can confirm it’s been turned down, and we don’t encourage any further bids because he’s not for sale.
“I have spoken to him. He said he’s loving his football here, enjoying the way the team is playing, enjoying the position in the league and looking forward to the rest of the season.
“We turned a bid down and don’t encourage any more bids so he will remain a West Bromwich Albion player. We don’t have to sell anybody.”