West Ham United boss Alan Curbishley risked falling out with defender Matthew Upson on the day of his signing, it has been revealed.

The Observer says when Upson arrived to complete his transfer from Birmingham City, his new manager is understood to been unimpressed with his clothes. Having informed the stunned central defender this, Upson's agent reminded Curbishley that they had travelled down at very short notice.

While not confirming or denying this exchange, the club point out that Upson has gone on to become one of the better performers this season, and reclaimed his place in the England squad.