West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has given up hope of keeping Winston Reid and has suggested his star centre back may have engaged in talks with a Premier League rival.
Reid is set to depart the East London club for free this summer when his contract expires, with rumours linking him with a move to Arsenal in a cut-price deal this winter transfer window.
Allardyce claimed the Hammers have made “a million offers” to keep hold of the New Zealand international but will not allow him to leave this month with a European spot well within reason.
The West Ham boss said:
His future is that his contract ends on 30 June – he hasn’t said that he is or isn’t going to sign at the moment. By the feel of it you’d err on the side that he won’t so I think it’s unlikely.
I just feel it’s gone on so long and with what other managers are telling me it doesn’t bode well.
I think he thinks he can do better. He thinks he can find a bigger club than we are. He thinks he can financially benefit more than what we’ve offered. That’s what’s in his mind whether that’s the opportunity or not.
If he’s not going to sign a contract I would think that realistically I find it highly unlikely if it’s not already verbally done. Are other managers getting calls from his agent? You said that, not me.
Technically Reid can only discuss terms with foreign clubs this month however his current boss has not ruled out the possibility of the defender engaging with other English clubs behind their back.
He’s only allowed to speak to foreign clubs. But can we prove it?
You have to balance it out [selling this January]- what is it £1.8m a place this year? And whatever money we get won’t be enough to replace him in January.
Arsenal desperately need a defensive reinforcement this winter and Reid would be a smart signing for a cheap fee if they can convince West Ham to depart with his services.
At 26-years-old the New Zealander is at an age where he can still develop and can challenge our current crop of defenders. But we need him now. It’s clear we are not going to be able to get a superstar defender in Mats Hummels, so someone who is established in England would be a good fit.
Sign him up Wenger!
Rumour Rater: 3/5
1 – Never going to happen
2 – Unlikely
3 – Could be possible
4 – Likely
5 – Done deal
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