West Ham captain Matthew Upson is on the verge of a move to Arsenal according to today's Daily Mirror.

Arsene Wenger's defensive options have been depleted in recent weeks and he now has only two fit senior centre-halves - Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou.

Both played in the Carling Cup defeat to Ipswich on Wednesday evening having lost Sebastien Squillaci as well as long-term injury doubt Thomas Vermaelen.

Wenger signed Sol Campbell, 36, at this time last year as emergency cover and now West Ham are looking to do the same as they face a dilemma over another cheap option - Upson.

The England defender is out of contract at the end of the season and West Ham must decide whether to cash in now or lose him on a free transfer come the end of the season.

Upson originally joined Arsenal in 1997 from Luton before moving north to Birmingham in 2003. Upson featured for the Hammers in their Carling Cup win over his former club Birmingham on Tuesday after joining West Ham four years ago this month.

Speaking after the Gunners’ defeat to Ipswich, Wenger said: “Let's not think that we lost the game because we haven't bought a central defender.

“We lost the game because we didn't play as well as we can.

“We have only two central defenders and we are short but I do not want to speak about any particular name.

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