According to The Times, Arsenal have a big chance of landing West Ham United’s ‘contract rebel’ Winston Reid this January. The captain is believed to be available in the winter window should he avoid signing a new deal.
Arsenal are well and truly in the market for a new defender after failing to replace departed captain Thomas Vermaelen over the summer. Injuries have worsened the situation, forcing Arsene Wenger into the upcoming winter window with Reid tipped to be a potential signing.
The Hammers are believed to have handed the New Zealand international an ultimatum with his current terms set to expire at the end of the current campaign. The East London club have given their star defender until the middle of January to sign a new contract or otherwise they will be forced to sell.
According to the report he has been offered a substantial new deal worth £60,000 a week, but could be available for as little as £5 million in the January transfer window as a last ditch effort by West Ham to secure some cash before losing him on a Bosman free in the summer.
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Winston announced himself on the world stage with a fantastic 2010 World Cup campaign with New Zealand when the then right-back scored an equalizer for the All Whites against Slovakia. He earned his country their first point in a World Cup finals match.
Reid continued making an impression and helped New Zealand end the tournament as the only unbeaten side in the competition with three draws. Consequently he earned a move to West Ham United in the summer of 2010 from Danish outfit Midtjylland.
Often played as right-back early on in his international and club career, his height and physicality helped to mould him into a promising centre back. A position he’s made his own and has been growing in consistency over the years. Reid is very strong in the air, in the tackle and has versatility in his locker as he’s able to slip into the right of the defence.
So far this season in 11 appearances Reid has managed 104 clearances and
15 interceptions, racking up five shots with no goals yet to his name.
Should we Buy?
Being part Kiwi myself, seeing the national team hero join the Gunners is an exciting prospect. It would be a huge move for him and he could become the first New Zealander to ever play Champions League football.
He’s grown in stature over the years and the fact that he’s been handed the West Ham captaincy speaks volumes of his ability and his importance to a side who have been performing incredibly well this season.
Mats Hummels is the most ideal option but he will require a significant outlay around the £25m mark. That’s if Borussia Dortmund are willing to part with their prized defender and the player himself is interested in the move to north London.
If we were unable to bring in the Germany star then Reid is certainly a viable alternative especially for a low price of £5m.
Liverpool and Manchester United are also credited with interest.
Rumour Rater: 3/5
1 – Never going to happen
2 – Unlikely
3 – Could be possible
4 – Likely
5 – Done deal
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