Arsenal ponder move for West Ham defender Matthew Upson

16 January 2009 08:49
According to the Mirror

, manager Arsene Wenger is desperate to sign a centre-half in the January transfer window and has earmarked Upson as the deal candidate.

Should the 29-year-old move to the Emirates, in what is being suggested will be a £12 million deal, it would mark a remarkable u-turn for the England defender.

Upson began his top-flight career at Arsenal before being sold to Birmingham in 2003 for just £3m.

Reports suggest that £5m-rated striker Nicklas Bendtner will be used as part exchange in the deal.

West Ham will be reluctant to part with Upson. They have already rejected £12m bids from Tottenham and Manchester City for Craig Bellamy and have made a point of saying that their prize assets - namely Upson, Bellamy and Scott Parker - are not for sale.

However, it has been suggested that Upson would welcome a return to the Gunners, who would provide him Champions League football and a regular shot at the Premier League title.

Meanwhile, former Arsenal striker Sylvain Wiltord is poised to join Marseille on a six-month loan from Stade Rennes.

Wiltord, 34, left Arsenal for Lyon back in 2004.

Source: Telegraph