Ex-Arsenal defender Matthew Upson is in advanced talks with Stoke City, after his release from West Ham United this summer, according to skysports.com.

The 32-year-old is said to have spoken to Potters boss Tony Pulis over a proposed free transfer move to the Britannia Stadium.

Upson endured an injury-plagued season at Upton Park last year, and following the Hammers' relegation to the Npower Championship, the former England international left West Ham after the expiry of his contract.

Making his name as he came through the Arsenal academy, Upson left the Gunners due to a lack of first-team opportunities under Arsene Wenger, moving to Birmingham City in 2003 where he became a permanent fixture in the Blues' defence for the next four seasons.


After a successful four-year spell at St. Andrews, Upson returned to London, joining West Ham for an initial fee of £6million, and went on to captain the Hammers right up until the end of the 2010-11 campaign, when newly appointed manager Sam Allardyce opted not to renew the player's contract.

Having been briefly linked with a return to Arsenal as a value-for-money answer to Wenger's continued defensive frailties at the Emirates Stadium, it now looks as though Stoke will be the beneficiaries of the experienced stopper, adding to the acquisition of fellow defender Jonathan Woodgate, who himself joined the Potters on a Bosman free earlier in the summer.

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