Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Spurs Target £5million Upson In January West Ham 'Fire Sale'?

England International Matthew Upson is reportedly a target for Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window, with Spurs ready to offer West Ham United £5million to bring the defender to White Hart Lane, according Sportsmail online.

With an expected ‘fire sale’ at Upton Park in January due to the recent takeover of Icelandic bank Landsbanki, by the government, where Hammers chairman Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson was a major shareholder. This has led to his assets being frozen, and putting the East London club up for sale at a cut-price £50million, which in turn has sparked speculation that their will be a mass exodus of players leaving West Ham in January.

29-year-old Upson only joined West Ham from Birmingham City in January 2007 and has earned himself a recall into Fabio Capello’s England side with his performances for the Hammers.

However, Spurs boss Juande Ramos is in need of a central-defender at his North London side, with captain Ledley King unable to play regularly due to a persistent knee injury and the Spaniard not convinced about Michael Dawson. Which leaves Vedran Corluka as the only viable cover to partner Jonathan Woodgate in the eyes of Ramos.

It’s believed that Tottenham will try and take advantage of the financial turmoil at Upton Park in January by offering their Premier League rivals £5million for Upson. Which would represent a loss on the defender, who cost them an initial £6million from Birmingham to rise to £7.5million depending on appearances.

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