Blackburn Rovers have rejected a bid from Derby County to sign defender Marcus Olsson, sources have told TEAMtalk.com.
Derby are in the market for a new left-back after seeing Craig Forsyth ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Derby had identified Sweden international Olsson as their top target and hoped to sign him on loan with a view to a permanent deal when the transfer window reopens in January.
However, Blackburn rejected their approach with new Rovers boss Paul Lambert keen to keep hold of his players with the club still working under a transfer embargo.
Olsson, who joined Blackburn in January 2012, has made over 100 appearances for the club and was named Rovers’ player of the year last season.
The 27-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to open talks over a new deal and it remains be seen if Derby will come back in for Olsson knowing they might be able to land him for a bargain fee if Blackburn fail to tie him down to a longer contract.