Upson: Move a business decision
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Matthew Upson has revealed it was a 'business decision' to sign for West Ham.
Matthew Upson has revealed it was a 'business decision' to leave Birmingham and sign for West Ham.
Upson's £6million switch to Upton Park was the biggest move on transfer deadline but also claimed headlines for the wrong reasons.
Blues manager Steve Bruce was left disappointed by Upson's insistence on seeking a move to The Hammers, while doubts persist as to whether the clubs are in fact heading in opposite directions.
Upson insists West Ham's desire to sign him was the chief reason for his move, but the player refused to divulge whether or not his contract made provision for a relegation release clause.
"Why West Ham? Because they showed a really keen interest in me," Upson told Sky Sports News.
"I think when you go into any job you want to feel a big part of it and it was a big factor for me that West Ham showed such a keen interest.
"And it's a big football club so those two things combined together to tick all the boxes.
"I don't believe we will get relegated," he added. "The only problem you look at is the league position, you can't disguise that, but I firmly believe given the transfer activity in January and the good base of players the club already has that won't happen."
Blues owner David Sullivan claims the defender phoned him in Barbados demanding his release but Upson insists his departure from the club was in the main amicable.
"It's the end of an era - I had a fantastic four years there but it came down to a business decision in the end and I left and I'm very happy," said Upson.
"The words 'release me' are a bit strong, I wanted clarification because I know ultimately that he's the decision maker and we had a conversation about the situation - at no point did I demand to be released but I did express a will to speak to West Ham."
Hammers boss Alan Curbishley is delighted to have landed a player he had courted for some time and revealed talks progressed quickly following Tuesday night.
"We're delighted that we've got someone in with his ability and the fact that he sees us as a club going places," said Curbishley.
"We'd made enquiries before but suddenly it changed dramatically on Tuesday after our game against Liverpool and theirs against Southend."