Tottenham Hotspur are planning a move for West Ham captain Matthew Upson to help make up for the injury woes of Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King and the departures of Sebastian Bassong and Benoit Assou-Ekotto to the African Cup of Nations. The Daily Mirror reports that Spurs will offer £8 million to the Hammers for the 30-year-old England international and may even offer deals which include their unwanted players.
Struggling West Ham need money badly and it’s expected that they will have to sell players in January with Robert Green, Scott Parker and Upson all linked with moves away with Spurs said to be interested in the two latter players. Of the trio, West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola is most willing to part with Upson and will consider Tottenham’s bid to help his own team progress and escape from their financial mire.
Spurs are aided by the fact that West Ham are said to be interested in unsettled duo Alan Hutton and David Bentley and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp could offer one or both of the players to West Ham as a part exchange deal to land Upson. Spurs are said to want to recoup most of the money spent on expensive signing Bentley but Redknapp would possibly agree to swapping him for a player who would be in his plans like Upson instead.
Upson is believed to be Harry Redknapp’s first choice defensive signing with Newcastle’s Steven Taylor just behind him on that particular list.
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