Upton Park boss makes it clear that Emirates advances for defender are nothing more than tittle tattle.
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West Ham boss Avram Grant has scotched speculation that defender Matthew Upson could be on his way to Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger refused to comment on Thursday on reports that Upson was a target as the Arsenal boss seeks to bring in a new centre-half.
Wenger – who previously signed Upson from Luton Town in 1997 before the England international went on to join Birmingham in 2003 – is on the lookout for a new recruit after Sebastien Squillaci joined Thomas Vermaelen on the sidelines.
But it seems his interest lies elsewhere after Grant confirmed the Arsenal boss had not been in touch concerning the West Ham stopper, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Grant said: “I’m sure if Arsene Wenger wanted a player from me I would have got a call from him but I didn’t receive a call.
“He is our player. He is very committed to the club.” (Sky Sports)
To be honest talk of a return to the Gunners for England international Matthew Upson appeared to be little more than a bit of fun made up by a bored journalist somewhere in the world, and Avram Grant has moved to scotch the rumours effectively.
One does wonder what will happen to Upson come the summer, when his deal at Upton Park comes to an end and a lot will of course depend on which side of the perforated relegation line the East London side sits on. The experienced centre back will no doubt get many offers but will they really come from any side in the top six? I think not.
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