O'Neill: No Upson approach

06 January 2009 12:50
Aston Villa have rubbished reports claiming they have made an approach to West Ham United for England defender Matthew Upson. Upson, 29, is reported to be one of several leading players on his way out of Upton Park this month as the cash-strapped Hammers look to raise vital funds. The former Arsenal and Birmingham City defender has been linked with an £8million move to the likes of Villa, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. However, Villa boss Martin O'Neill has denied either making a firm bid or even a tentative enquiry for the recently recalled England international. Referring to a story that a bid from the Midlands club had been tabled, O'Neill told the club's official website: "There is not an ounce of truth in it whatsoever." Speaking last month, Upson claimed he was happy to stay at Upton Park 'for the moment' despite the uncertainty surrounding the club's financial position. "Speculation can be flattering and is part of what's happening at the club," he said. "There are rumours every player is for sale but the owners haven't clarified anything. "It's a difficult period financially and people are aware but I'm happy playing here at the moment. I am enjoying my football."

Source: ESA