Upson a top pro - Taylor
By Steve Bramley
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Maik Taylor says Matthew Upson "won't throw his dummy out" if misses out on West Ham.
Birmingham keeper Maik Taylor says Matthew Upson "won't throw his dummy out" if he fails to secure a move to West Ham.
Upson has hit out at City for blocking his move to Upton Park after bids of £4 million and £6 million were rejected by the Championship promotion-chasers.
The City defender, who still has 17 months remaining on his current deal, is waiting to see whether Hammers boss Alan Curbishley will make an improved offer in the next couple of days.
"Probably not many players would be able to shut out the disappointment (of not moving) but Matt is the ultimate professional," said Taylor.
"He definitely won't throw his dummy out. He is contracted to the club and he will get on with things and he'll play to the best of his ability without question.
"He will give it everything in every game and I don't think that will ever come into question. He will give it all and what decisions are made, he will deal with as they come along.
"Whether he is disappointed or not, certainly won't be reflected on the football pitch."
Taylor believes City's decision to block Upson's move emphasises their determination to regain their top-flight status at the first attempt.
"It just shows the ambition of the club and of wanting to get promoted. That is our priority. We don't want to be letting our best players go in the January window," he added.
Meanwhile, on-loan Arsenal midfielder Sebastian Larsson is expected to complete a permanent move to Birmingham in the next 24 hours for an initial £500,000 fee which could rise to £1million.