Manchester City Intensify Pursuit Of West Ham's Matthew Upson

The money-laden Eastlands side are weighing up a potential bid for West Ham stopper, after John Terry's public pledge of allegiance to Chelsea...
Manchester City could be readying a bid for West Ham United's centre-back Matthew Upson, following John Terry's decision to remain loyal to Chelsea - the only club he has represented throughout his professional playing career.

According to a report in The Times, which follows suit to a similar speculative piece published in The Mirror, City will not take Terry's snub to heart, and will continue their quest to significantly bolster their backline.

Upson is now regarded as England's first reserve, and has often been called into action by Three Lions boss Fabio Capello when either captain John Terry or team-mate Rio Ferdinand are unavailable.

The 30-year-old allegedly attracted admiring glances from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during the winter window, as the Gunners sought a defensive partner for former skipper William Gallas.

Ivorian international Kolo Toure has fallen down the pecking order at N5 and is still on City's shortlist of transfer prospects. A £10-15 million offer is apparently on the cards.

Alan Dawson,