Liverpool could allegedly make a surprise swoop for West Ham captain Matthew Upson in January.

The Telegraph reports that the Hammers will be forced to cash-in on a number of players in the New Year as they look to balance the books and now, according to tribalfootball, Upson may be on his way to Merseyside.

The 31-year-old joined Arsenal from Luton Town in 1997 in a deal worth £2 million and was earmarked as a future Gunners captain.

However, the success and longevity of Arsenal defensive trio Tony Adams, Steve Bould and Martin Keown - as well as constant injury troubles - meant that Upson never fulfilled his potential with the Gunners.

He left Arsenal for Birmingham City in 2003 before joining West Ham for £7.5 million in January 2007.

His consistent performances for the Hammers led to him being awarded the captain's armband at Upton Park, as well as earning himself a regular spot in England squads.

And, despite enduring a miserable run with West Ham over the past nine months, Liverpool are being tipped to make a move for the centre-back.

Liverpool are thought to be in the market for defensive reinforcements following the long-term layoff of Anfield hero Jamie Carragher.

The 33-year-old will be sidelined for three months after dislocating his shoulder as Liverpool lost to Spurs on Sunday, and Upson appears to be have been identified as the man to step into his shoes.

Liverpool are worryingly short of centre-backs currently - with Daniel Agger also a fitness concern - so Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is believed to be in the market for at least one more stopper.

Frenchman Adil Rami and Birmingham centre-half Scott Dann are also reportedly on the Liverpool radar as Hodgson and NESV look to draft in reinforcements to Anfield next month.

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