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Ripple effect connecting Jonas Olsson, Ryan Nelsen and Toronto FC

Jan 11, 2013, 10:48 AM EST

West Bromwich Albion's Olsson challenges West Ham United's Cole during their English Premier League soccer match in West Bromwich

Ordinarily, a run-of-the-mill transfer story involving a relatively unknown defender, one Premier League mid-table side and one relegation-threatened outfit, would not be ProSoccerTalk fodder.

But pay attention to this one – because the ripple effect will carry all the way to Major League Soccer. To Toronto FC, specifically.

West Brom defender Jonas Olsson was a January transfer window target of Harry Redknapp and Queens Park Rangers. The London club, which has a mighty fight ahead to avoid a drop into England’s second tier, had reportedly offered about $8 million for the Swedish international.

Today comes news that West Brom has said “thanks, but no thanks.”

Here’s the relevant matter:

Olsson would have reinforced a defense currently guided by veteran center back Ryan Nelsen. Nelsen, 35, is ready to move on to the next part of his life. He has just been named manager at Toronto, which created the very unstable situation where a manager has been named who will not be in a position to overseen pre-season training, the upcoming draft, and quite possibly a third of TFC’s regular season matches. But, you know; details, details.

Word is out today that as Nelsen looks for the emergency exit, Redknapp and QPR are increasingly determined to keep the respected New Zealand international around.

Olsson’s arrival might have helped pry Nelsen loose, adding cover and experience and generally helping soften the January blow. Well, so much for that.

  1. theasoccerist - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Is his first order of business to shake up their team? They have a high salary/low performance formula that needs shaking up: http://thesoccerist.blogspot.com/2013/01/are-designated-players-worth-price.html

  2. charliej11 - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    I am going to watch QPR versus Tottenh. Because I am worried about QPR playing in second division ? Or THE Spurs making the Euro playoffs ?
    NO, because I want to see Toronto’s manager play. I take it he will not be watching the combines.

    I FIND IT VERY FUNNY, that not one person has come through to say he should be released to go follow his dreams.

    So it only applies when an MLS guy wants to leave ?
    Where is the anger, like when MLS wants to charge “too much” for a transfer ?
    What about test himself against the best ? You can’t do that in England, it is like coaching a team on a 45 degree incline ( or decline )

    LET HIM GO, EPL !

    ps…As I suspected, and as is the case with the winter schedule, it is guys that don’t watch ( or care enough about ) soccer in the US.

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