Apparently West Ham United are keen on a deal that suits Arsene very nicely indeed!
West Ham will attempt to use Matthew Upson as bait to land Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner
Gianfranco Zola has earmarked the Danish hitman as a direct replacement for Craig Bellamy, who is poised to complete a £15 million move to Manchester City this week.
But with severe financial restraints in place at Upton Park and the unwillingness of Arsenal to discuss a temporary deal for Bendtner, Zola will offer Upson to the Gunners for cash and the striker.
The Hammers initially enquired about taking Bendtner on loan until the end of the season,but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger made it clear he will only consider selling the powerful striker.
Upson was a former trainee with the Gunners, but quit to join Birmingham in a £2million deal in February 2003 after becoming frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities.
His form and growing maturity on the field eventually led to England recognition. (Sunday Mirror)
Bendtner is a player who irritates many and one who really doesn’t look good enough to be starting matches for the Emirates outfit and many even doubt his inclusion in the squad as a whole. Yesterday against Plymouth he continually lost the ball and if he was to be the makeweight in a deal to bring Upson back to the north London club then I am sure the Arsenal fans would not lose any sleep. If this source is correct and Zola does seem likely to sell their in form centre back then Wenger will surely be interested. Apparently West Ham value their England international in the £11m bracket and I would imagine therefore Arsenal would need to stump up £4-5m as part of the deal. Do Gunners fans think this move would make sense for the club?
Brand New Feature. (1-10 scale, One = Pure make believe, Ten = is a transfer all but complete) Mr Comfort’s Likely-ometer: 3/10
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