Upson: Get rid in January or he walks for free in the summer
Pants to the lot of yah!
West Ham are resigned to losing England defender Matt Upson on a free transfer next summer.
The Hammers hierarchy have tried to tempt Upson, 31, with fresh terms after Scott Parker penned a new deal at Upton Park.
But the England centre-back, who has 21 caps, has refused to extend his £60,000-a-week deal at the club.
And the star, signed from Birmingham in January 2007 for £6million, intends to consider his options in the New Year with a view to becoming a Bosman.
Now West Ham’s owners David Gold and David Sullivan fear Upson is determined to run down his contract.
A source said: “We have tried to keep him.
“If he feels he can get more money elsewhere then good luck to him.”
West Ham hope to have injury-prone midfielder Kieron Dyer, 31, back in their squad to visit Birmingham on Saturday.
Hammers’ staff have been impressed by Dyer’s recent determination to return to full fitness.
West Ham officials also hope to hear whether their bid for the Olympic Stadium has been successful before Christmas.
The London’s 2012 Olympic legacy committee are still making a decision on what to do with the venue.