Gold ticking off the days
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Gold remains determined to fight off continued interest in Matthew Upson.
David Gold remains determined to fight off continued interest in Birmingham City defender Matthew Upson.
West Ham United failed with an improved £6million bid for the centre-half earlier this week, but Alan Curbishley is maintaining an interest.
Other Premiership clubs have been linked with the England cap, who has expressed a desire to return to the top flight.
But with less than a week before the close of the transfer window, Birmingham owner Gold is staying upbeat about the prospects of keeping Upson until at least the end of the season.
"Every night I go to bed and think 'that's another day of the transfer window gone by', which means we are getting that much nearer to the point where we don't have to let Matthew Upson go," said Gold.
"We are fighting clubs off as regards to Matthew Upson and we will continue to do so for as long as we can.
"You look at the top five or six clubs and think if one of those is desperate for a centre-half, then we might struggle to keep him. If they don't need one, then it will help our cause.
"You never know, but we will do anything we can to keep him. We are not under pressure to sell Matthew Upson. We want him to help us get back in the Premier League.
"Right now, I would take keeping him to the end of the season, but if we got into the Premiership, it would be great to persuade Matthew that this club is the one to be with."