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Upson warning over January exodus

PUBLISHED: 16:19 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:52 05 October 2010

Matthew Upson admits he will be forced to consider his Upton Park future if West Ham sanction a fire sale of star players in next month's transfer window

By JONATHAN CLEGG

MATTHEW UPSON admits he will be forced to consider his Upton Park future if West Ham sanction a fire sale of star players in next month's transfer window.

The England defender fears the Hammers will look to cash in on a number of high-profile players in January as the club attempt to balance the books following a series of financial setbacks.

West Ham owner Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson has been hit hard by the credit crunch, losing an estimated £250m of his personal fortune during the economic crash in Iceland.

The Hammers are also facing a possible £50m payout to Sheffield United over the Carlos Tevez affair, sparking reports that the club will offload their best players to ease the financial turmoil at Upton Park.

But Upson, who signed for West Ham from Birmingham in 2007, has admitted he would be "disappointed" if star names were allowed to leave next month.

Upson said: "In the current climate there haven't been any assurances and I would not expect any.

"But if I am to stay at West Ham and we sell key players in January, then that would really frustrate me.

"I signed for the club because of the vision they had and if players went now, that would really disappoint me."

Upson played a key role in securing a third successive clean sheet at Liverpool on Monday night as the Hammers extended their unbeaten record to three matches with a goalless draw at Anfield.

And the defender believes the club can continue their recent revival if they can keep hold of key players in the transfer window.

"We're not going to get carried away on the back of three clean sheets but hopefully we can build on this because this is a good club," he said.

"We're a lot more organised as a unit. We're working hard for each other and we seem to have a more settled base.

"We can take massive confidence from the draw [at Liverpool]. We'll become even more confident if we begin to turn draws into wins and score more goals.

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