Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has reportedly made a move for ex-West Ham defender Matthew Upson, according to The Mirror. The 32-year-old became a free agent after his contract with The Hammers expired on July 1st.
McCarthy plans to bolster his defence as Wolves prepare for another gruelling season in the Premier League, with McCarthy’s priorities in the market said to be experience and quality in defence.
Upson ticks both these boxes, having racked up over 350 first-team appearances in a solid career that includes time at Arsenal, Birmingham and West Ham, as well as loan spells at Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace and Reading.
McCarthy could face a battle for England defender Upson with Tottenham as Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is also interested. Redknapp too is looking to strengthen his defence, with an assault on the Premier League’s top four spots on the agenda.
Wolves are still eager to find a new defensive option after missing out on Reading captain Matt Mills, who opted for a move to Leicester City, and have also been linked with Tottenham’s Jonathon Woodgate and young West Ham defender James Tomkins.
Talksport reported that Wolves are weighing up a move for Tomkins, 22, who is currently negotiating a new deal at Upton Park but could be persuaded into Premier League action by Wolves. Bolton are also said to be monitoring the Tomkins situation with defender Gary Cahill continually being linked to a move to Arsenal.