Nottingham Forest are said to be keen to sign Martin Olsson, who is available on a free transfer following his release from Swansea City.
There’s no doubt that the 31-year-old left-back would be an astute addition for the Reds, given his experience. He would provide much-needed competition in that area of the pitch.
According to Swedish outlet Expressen, Martin O’Neill is keen on bolstering his defensive options by signing the left-back.
The 47-cap Sweden international missed the majority of the season with a ruptured Achilles injury. Despite this, he did still manage to make 17 appearances in the Championship for the Swans. However, this wasn’t enough to see him stay at the club.
It wouldn’t be surprising if he was towards the top of Martin O’Neill’s list of targets this summer. The Reds currently only have one recognised left-back in their squad in the form of Jack Robinson. It’s always been a problem position for a number of years.
With Olsson available on a free transfer, it would be a sensible move to snap him up. He has experience of playing in the Premier League with both Norwich City and Swansea. This could prove to be invaluable next season.
‘Would be a decent signing’
There are some major concerns over any potential deal for the left-back. The mains ones being the fact he is in the latter stages of his career and has been struggling with injury. A number of Reds supporters have been voicing their concerns on social media over the last few days.
Martin Olsson Would Be A Decent Signing.Good Competition For Him And Robbo #NFFC
— NFFC4EVER (@cookenffc) June 5, 2019
In his 30’s ✅
Injury prone ✅
Our sort of signing#nffc
— David Seaman (@forestlads) June 5, 2019
NFFC sign martin Olsson. Need a good lb. A free agent now.
— Taylor J last (@TaylorJLast) May 18, 2019
— Ash (@Ash210397) June 5, 2019
Over 30 made of biscuits and free, sounds about our barrow that, don’t you just love this time of the year, seems we get linked to anyone who’s still got a pulse 🤣
— RobboTheRed (@Robbothered1) June 5, 2019
Please no pic.twitter.com/Nmz2Nly6WQ
— Jorge Barker (@jorge_barker02) June 5, 2019
If Olsson was to join Forest, it would be a sensible addition. However, due to his age and injury record, he should only be offered a short-term deal. He could play an important part next season if the Reds are to challenge for promotion.