Black Cats 'eye £7m Upson swoop'

01 July 2010 05:38
Sunderland have made a £7million offer for West Ham defender Matthew Upson, according to reports on Sky Sports News.

The Black Cats flirted with relegation last season before mounting a late rally that ensured a comfortable mid-table finish.

One problem for Steve Bruce was the way his side struggled to keep clean sheets, making it difficult for the manager to settle on a regular back four.

Bruce is looking to strengthen this summer and is thought to have targeted Upson as a player that could improve his squad.

Sunderland are believed to have tested West Ham's resolve with a bid and will hope their offer is accepted.

Upson has been a key figure at Upton Park since he was snapped up from Birmingham in 2007 but the club endured a difficult campaign last term.

A new regime is now in place with Avram Grant as manager and it remains to be seen how he will reshape the Hammers squad.

Co-owner David Sullivan admitted in May that West Ham may struggle to retain the services of Upson, who was part of England's miserable World Cup campaign.

Source: Team_Talk