Liverpool still in the race for Premier League defender

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Liverpool are reportedly still in the race for West Ham United defender Mattew Upson despite the exit of manager Rafel Benitez.

The England centre back has been a reported target at Anfield for several months, but Liverpool were thought to be out of transfer contention at the current time after their former Spanish boss was relieved of his duties.

Upson is in contention for a World Cup starting spot against America after an injury to captain Rio Ferdinand ruled him out of the tournament in South Africa, and is battling Ledley King, Michael Dawson and Jamie Carrager for a place alongside John Terry.

The Daily Star reports that new Hammers boss Avram Grant is set to tell Upson he can leave this summer, with the cash-strapped club contemplating cashing-in on one of their prized assets before his contract expires next summer.

31-year-old Upson is still considering a three-year deal offered to him at the Boleyn Ground, and the former Arsenal centre back is thought to be waiting until after this summer's showpiece before making a decisive decisio on his future.

The exit of Benitez, a known admirer of Upson, is likely to have had some affect on the deal, but the Merseyside outfit remain keen to bring a new defender to the club.

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