Hammers close on Upson

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West Ham are reportedly closing in on the capture of Birmingham City defender Matthew Upson.

The Hammers have already seen two bids believed to be in the region of £4million and £6million rejected for the Blues stopper.

However, big-spending West Ham have been resolute in their chase for the ex-Arsenal man and are believed to have tabled a fresh £7.5million offer.

Although Steve Bruce and co. are desperate to retain the 27-year-old they have reportedly, and reluctantly, accepted West Ham's terms.

Upson played in Blues' clash with Southend, but was unable to prevent the Championship high-flyers from slipping to a surprise 3-1 loss to Southend.

Meanwhile, West Ham remain entrenched in the Premiership drop zone following a 2-1 loss to Liverpool and, in truth, The Hammers could have conceded more.