Norwich City and Sweden left-back Martin Olsson completes Swansea City transfer
17th January 2017
Swansea City have bolstered their defensive options with the signing of Swedish international Martin Olsson from Norwich City for an undisclosed fee.
The 28-year-old left-back has penned a two-and-a-half year deal, with an option for a third year.
Olsson becomes the second signing of the January transfer window, following PSV Eindhoven winger Luciano Narsingh to the Liberty.
His arrival strengthens head coach Paul Clement's options at left-back, which currently include Stephen Kingsley and Neil Taylor, who is currently sidelined with a fractured cheekbone.
Born and raised in Sweden, Olsson joined Blackburn Rovers as a teenager back in 2006.
Having been spotted playing for Swedish club Hogaborgs BK, he was given his Rovers debut by Mark Hughes in a Uefa Cup qualifying game at the beginning of the 2007-08 season, when he was just 19.
He was named young player of the year at Ewood Park in that campaign, and would make almost 150 appearances - the vast majority of them in the Premier League - for the Lancashire club, while he also worked with current Swans head coach Paul Clement during his short spell with Rovers in 2011-12.
Olsson moved to Norwich in 2013 and racked up 129 appearances for the Canaries, winning plaudits at Carrow Road for his willingness to get forward from left-back.
Such is his ability on the front foot that Olsson has at times been used on the left side of midfield rather than defence.
Having originally signed a four-year deal at Norwich, he penned a one-year contract extension last November, but has now taken the chance to return to the top flight with the Swans.
Olsson has won 40 caps for Sweden since making his debut back in 2010, and played for his national side at Euro 2012 and Euro 2016.
He has scored five goals at international level and netted ten times in a total of 270 appearances for Blackburn and Norwich.
Olsson's twin brother Marcus also had a lengthy stint at Blackburn before he was signed by Clement at Derby County.
Meanwhile, winger Marvin Emnes has returned from his loan spell at Blackburn, with the Dutchman scoring three goals in 20 appearances for the club.
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