Sunderland eye move for former Premier League defender

Sunderland are lining up a move for former Premier League defender and Sweden international full-back Martin Olsson on a free transfer as reported by Football Insider.

A source close to the club has revealed to reporter Pete O’Rourke Olsson is a serious target for the Black Cats who are looking to fill a left-back vacancy in their squad.

The thirty-one-year-old is a free agent following his departure from Swansea at the end of his contract and would add a wealth of experience to the Lads dressing room, having made over three hundred and fifty career appearances including close to two hundred in the Premier League during stints with Blackburn, Norwich and Swansea.

He’s also won forty-seven caps for Sweden and is back to full fitness after recovering from an injury he picked up while on Championship duty for Swansea in December.

Jack Ross is short of cover at left-back following the departures of Bryan Oviedo and Reece James from the Stadium of Light and O’Rourke claims Olsson fits the profile of a player the Sunderland boss wants to add to his squad.

Our View

Some Sunderland fans might complain that Olsson is past is best, but for League One he would still be an excellent signing.

It will be another battle to try and return to the Championship this season and Sunderland have no divine right for promotion.

Olsson would add quality only a few League One outfits can compete with and would fill the left-back vacancy with experience and ability, a fantastic addition if Ross pulls it off.

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