Upson Interest Denied

Last updated : 06 January 2009 By Tom Vickers
Villa have moved quickly to deny reports that they have tabled a bid for former Blues defender Matthew Upson.

Upson, now at West Ham, was said to be the subject of a £10m raid by the Claret and Blue, but the club have strongly denied the rumours.

With Martin Laursen and Carlos Cuellar currently out injured Villa are short at the back with Zat Knight and Curtis Davies the only fit centre halves.

Upson would seem to fit the bill as he is strong, commanding and - most importantly - English.

One blot on his copybook lies in the former clubs category. Upson is a former Bluenose and part of the side which did the double over Villa in the 2004/05 season.

And he was the subject of an ugly two footed tackle by Joey Gudjonsson when Villa met Blues in their first Premier League encounter at Villa Park in March, 2003.

That game was one of the feistiest derby encounters of modern times with fights at the fore both and off the pitch.

But, as everyone knows, football fans have short memories and should Upson sign for Villa, he would undoubtedly be welcomed with open arms.

The strong centre back could help the side in their push for glory at home and abroad and although Villa have denied rumours for the time being, don't be surprised to see them resurface before the transfer window slams shut.