Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Upson Off to Man City, Liverpool or Arsenal? Or Just Selling Up?
According to reports, Upson has his house on the market and that has kick started rumours that he is on his way out of Upton Park. It seems a reasonable assumption to make. Why else would he be selling a £2million pad with the market down 20% on last year? That is quite a sum to write off! Unless, of course, he is buying a £3million pad. A 20% markdown on £3million is more than 20% down on £2million isn't it?
However, Duxbury has paved the way by saying that players who don't want to stay will be allowed to go. Who knows what secret deals were done in January when Bellyache packed his golf clubs and buggered off to semi retirement at Unreal City. The rumours were rife then that Upson was going to follow him out of the door, especially when he missed the FA Cup games against Barnsley and Hartlepool. Then came the talk about how desperate he was to play in the Champions League to enhance his England chances.
Personally I expect him to go. West Ham will be able to say how the club didn't want to stand in his way in a World Cup year and point to his increasing years. I can hear it now, "£12million for a player who has ticked past his 30th birthday, blah, blah, blah". In fact Unreal City might fancy a bit of him too and come in with a bid, forcing Arsenal or Liverpool to go higher to secure his services.
Anything over £10million would be good business in my opinion. Upson is good but is nothing special when all is said and done. He is a stopper and stoppers can be replaced.
Posted by Hammersfan at 17:12