Black Cats 'eye Ã‚7m Upson swoop'
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.
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