Grant urges Upson to make up his mind

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Avram Grant says that he wants to keep hold of West Ham skipper Matthew Upson, but has told the defender to make up his mind about his future.

Upson has yet to report back to pre-season training after being given an extended break after his World Cup exploits, and will face Grant for talks about his intentions upon his return. The 31-year-old has one year remaining on his current deal at Upton Park and has been linked with moves to Tottenham and Sunderland. But the new Hammers boss wants to keep the club captain at the Boleyn.

"We'll do everything to keep Upson, but West Ham fans deserve players who want to play for the club," Grant told the Daily Mirror.

"I want players like that because I think we'll have a great future. It will be good for us and good for the players. Of course Matthew is one of them."

The former Arsenal and Birmingham centre-back is understood to be frustrated at West Ham's flirtation with relegation last season, as well certain aspects of the club's administration.

Should he remain in east London, he will travel to the Midlands to take on Aston Villa on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

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