Black cats to bid for Upson
Sunderland are preparing a £7 million bid for West Ham and England defender Matthew Upson according to the News of the World.
Black Cats manager Steve Bruce has identified a commanding centre- back as his main signing target this summer and believes the 31-year-old can help push Suderland in to the top ten next season.
Upson is also believed to be ready to leave Upton Park after owners David Gold and David Sullivan admitted everyone bar Scott Parker was available for transfer this summer.
Sunderland have already proved with the signing of Darren Bent last year that they can attract the big players to the Stadium of Light, and the club could also be seen as a new, fresh challenge for Upson.
Bruce gave Upson his first chance in the Premier League when he was in charge at Birmingham City in 2003, before he was sold to West Ham in 2007.
He will offer incoming Upton Park boss Avram Grant former West Ham defender Anton Ferdinand as part of the deal. Roy Keane paid £6m for the 25-year-old two years ago.