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MARCUS OLSSON
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  • MARCUS OLSSON
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UPDATED 03:48 27th January 2016

Derby County made their third move of the 2016 January transfer window by completing the signing of left-back Marcus Olsson.


The Sweden international put pen-to-paper on a three-and-a-half year contract after an undisclosed fee was agreed with fellow Sky Bet Championship side Blackburn Rovers for his services.


With Craig Forsyth and Max Lowe ruled out for the rest of the season due to injury, Derby moved to strengthen the competition at left-back.


Olsson played 18 times in the second half of the 2015/16 season and, as well as impressing with his defensive form, scored his first goal for the club in a 1-0 home win over bitter rivals Nottingham Forest in March 2016.


Olsson joined Blackburn, then in the Premier League, on a free transfer in January 2012 after he turned down a new contract at Swedish top flight side Halmstads BK, having initially played for Hogaborgs BK at youth level.


He linked up with his twin brother Martin, who now plays for Norwich City, at Ewood Park and made 12 Premier League appearances in the second half of the 2011/12 season.


Olsson remained part of the Blackburn squad in the Championship from the 2012/13 campaign onwards and was voted as their Player of the Year in the 2014/15 season, making 45 appearances in all competitions.


He has carried his fine form into this season and remained an important part of Rovers’ backline.


Born in Gävle in Sweden, Olsson has made two full appearances at full international level for his country, both in 2012, featuring in games against Bahrain and Qatar Under 23s.

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