West Ham deny players will have to be sold in January

West Ham have insisted that they will keep all their stars past the current transfer window after recent speculation suggested otherwise

West Ham have insisted that they will keep all their stars past the current transfer window after recent speculation suggested otherwise.

Both Carlton Cole and Herita Ilunga have been linked with moves to Liverpool, while there have also been suggestions that Valon Behrami and Matt Upson could be plying their trade elsewhere come the start of February.

However a source at the club has confirmed that no first team players would leave E13 and that they are keen to keep the squad together.

Upson himself was quick to squash those rumours and committed his future to the club earlier in the week.


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"It's obviously better to be somewhere where you are winning matches and dominating matches," he said.

"But that's not where I am at. I'm committed to West Ham and I need to do a job for them.

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"I don't think I have made that many mistakes individually myself this season, but as a team we have let in a lot of goals.

"So it's a problem and it's something we need to get better at to get ourselves out of the mess we are in, but I won't let that affect my international aspirations.

"You can come off and evaluate your own performance individually regardless of where your team is. Obviously if you are at a club that is having a good time then it can only help you.

"But having said that, I don't think the position we are in at West Ham is damaging me in terms of England.

"I am a West Ham player and I am focusing on what I need to do. If someone puts an option in front of me and I have to make a decision then I will. But at the moment that's irrelevant.

"It's none of my business, that's up to the club, the board and the manager. I don't think that's an issue really. If I have to make a decision then I will. At the moment that's not something I think about."

The club have also claimed that they have budgeted for a payout to former boss Alan Curbishley following his recent tribunal victory and the Hammers say that they will not have to sell players to finance it.

By Matt Diner

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