Filed: Monday, 10th August 2009
By: Staff Writer
West Ham United look set to lose England defender Matthew Upson before the end of the transfer window.
The 30-year-old centre half, who had been tipped as a future Hammers captain but has just two years of his current contract to run looks set to be sacrificed ahead of the August 31 deadline.
It is understood that a deal with Manchester City - thought to be worth around £12.5million - is on the verge of being completed, although an announcement is likely to be delayed until United manage to secure a forward in order to placate supporters upset with the departure of the England international.
Earlier this summer CEO Scott Duxbury told KUMB.com that whilst the club is now self-sufficient - having reduced costs through the sales of players such as Anton Ferdinand, George McCartney and Craig Bellamy and having released a string of high earners - the Hammers were still in a position of needing to sell before they can buy.
Meanwhile contract talks between Upson and West Ham broke down earlier this year when the defender, who arrived at the club in January 2007 on a three-and-a-half year contract refused to commit his long-term future to the club.
Manager Gianfranco Zola, who lost Craig Bellamy in the last transfer window is understood to be unhappy at the prospect of losing the England defender but accepts that the position of centre half is perhaps where the Hammers are least likely to be affected by a sale - whilst the need for a striker to supplement Carlton Cole is becoming ever more pressing.
Real Madrid's Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Barcelona's Eidur Gudjohnsen and Bayern Munich's Luca Toni are considered to be three of the club's main targets at present.
Should Upson indeed depart, that would mean the entire back four present at the beginning of last season - Lucas Neill, Upson, Anton Ferdinand and George McCartney - will all have been either sold or released since as West Ham United attempt to recover from the crippling debts left behind by the Gudmundsson administration.
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by ben Fay
06:55PM 10th Aug 2009
''He hasnt been sold, has he? Stop being so negative; £12.5mill for a 30-year-old is good money and we have plenty of cover and will have a decent striker before the week's out.
If he gets sold, so what? That's football, we will get over it! I for one will enjoy the season and think we have a great squad of players. Half full boys, not half empty!''
02:02PM 10th Aug 2009
''If Upson goes then I go!''
12:31PM 10th Aug 2009
''Duxbury really is a class act, by the time the start of the season comes we gonna be fooked. We don't look like scoring but dont look like conceding many. So we lose Upson now and it just gets better, don't look like scoring and look like conceding every game. It's going to be a long old season by the looks of it.''
by MK Pele
11:53AM 10th Aug 2009
''I saw my first West Ham game against Man City when Bert Trautmann was in goal for them and Bobby Moore was playing one of his first games for the Irons.
I have supported West Ham through the bad times and I have seen a lot of good players come and go but in my view we are about to sell the best defender we have had since Bobby.
Without Upson at the back and the inept forward line we are going to be lucky to survive the drop this season, it is a false economy to sell a player as good as Upson for £11,000,000 and lose out on the multi millions of pounds generated by being in the Premier League, is it worth the gamble?
Well for me, I donít intend spending good money supporting the Irons and to be upset for the week after losing to the likes of the Scum, Sunderland, Wolves and the rest.
This could be my last word on West Ham.''
by g portugal
11:50AM 10th Aug 2009
''Pretty simple. For the sake of the supporters, the sooner this club is sold the better. The current owners are in no position to invest in the club, and as such, the club cannot progress until new owners come in.
One problem is that the current owners of course could care less about the supporters. Which means they won't be in a hurry to sell, and will continue to try to sell the club at an unrealistically high price. Which of course results in having to lose players like Upson.
Get on your bikes Icelandics. Nobody likes you. Nobody wants you. Take your loss and get out. Any part of that you don't understand? ''
11:36AM 10th Aug 2009
''WHU do not have to sell to satisfy creditors, the deal to take over the club was done to let the club opperate and function as a football club so to ask for £10million to satisfy creditors is utter rubbish.
Same old West Ham telling lies to the fans.''
11:21AM 10th Aug 2009
''Garrrrrrrrrr. This is mental. I'm really ticked off by this.''
11:18AM 10th Aug 2009
''Once again fed nonsense: "we wont have to sell any of our best players."
Great timing though, they waited til everyone purchased their season tickets. It won't be long before Zola gets p*ssed off with it too. ''