Hammers hope to retain Upson

West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan has urged coveted defender Matthew Upson to stay at Upton Park.

The England international continues to be linked with a move away from the cash-strapped Hammers with Manchester City and Tottenham both reported suitors.

The 30-year-old former Arsenal and Birmingham City defender will have just 12 months remaining on his contract at the end of the season but Sullivan is hoping he can be persuaded to pen a new deal.

Upson left Birmingham during Sullivan's reign at St Andrew's to join the Hammers in a £6million deal in 2007.

"We all really want Matthew to stay," said Sullivan.

"I did him a favour letting him leave Birmingham and I hope he can return it."

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