City double deal is snubbed by Hammers

PUBLISHED: 12:48 02 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:55 05 October 2010

By PHIL RAVITZ WEST Ham have turned down a £15m bid from Manchester City to sign Craig Bellamy and Scott Parker. Upton Park sources insist that neither player is for sale and as the transfer window begins to open, the Hammers have also moved to secure Mat


WEST Ham have turned down a £15m bid from Manchester City to sign Craig Bellamy and Scott Parker.

Upton Park sources insist that neither player is for sale and as the transfer window begins to open, the Hammers have also moved to secure Matthew Upson's future.

They plan to hold talks with the central defender's representatives, spelling out their intention to hang onto the England man, despite intense speculation that Upson will move on in this month's window.

Upson, signed for £6 million from Birmingham City, almost exactly two years ago, has impressed this season for both club and country, having secured a regular place in Fabio Capello's squad.

A whole possee of clubs are understood to have made inquiries about his availability, with Tottenham linked, but denying an interest. Newcastle are believed to have made an initial inquiry at around £8m and even Upson's former club Arsenal might also be interested, if West Ham give any indication they would sell.

Because of West Ham's well documented financial problems, clubs are assuming that the Hammers will need to cash in on their most valuable assets.

There are expected to be fringe player departures from Upton Park during the month, but first-team regulars such as Bellamy, Parker, Upson, goalkeeper Robert Green will not be among them, insist the club.

Tottenham had a £6 million bid for Bellamy turned down on Christmas Eve.

But if that offer was more than doubled to around £15 million, then it would be difficult for the Upton Park board to refuse to negotiate, despite insistences that the Welshman is not for sale.

Moneybags City are not likely to be off-put by any fee restriction, having tried to sign Bellamy last summer with a similar offer to that of Tottenham's of last week.

They could now test the Hammers' resolve by coming back with substantially more, as City manager Mark Hughes is a big admirer of Bellamy, having managed him for Wales and at Blackburn. The 28-year-old striker was signed for £7.5m from Liverpool last year.

City also like the look of Parker, the aggressive, ball-winning type of midfielder that their somewhat brittle midfield section lacks. He joined West Ham from Newcastle for £7 million.

The Manchester club with the Arab millions will always test any selling club's resolve nowadays with new found wealth. West Ham are braced!

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