West Ham won’t allow Winston Reid to leave on the cheap in January.
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has insisted that the Premier League’s bigger fish won’t be able to bully his club into selling centre back Winston Reid on the cheap in the January transfer window, report the Mirror, despite the fact that the New Zealand international is out of contract at the end of the season.
Reid is rated as one of the best up-and-coming centre backs in the Premier League and is now a solid and consistent performer having developed from the young star signed from FC Midtjylland by the Hammers – but he is playing over hardball over a new contract and looks increasingly likely to leave at the end of the season.
With West Ham flying high in the Premier League table and currently sitting in a Champions League qualification spot, however, Allardyce is unlikely to want to upset the apple cart by allowing one of his key players to leave in January – with the former Bolton Wanderers manager suggesting that it would take a bid of £20 million to persuade the club to let Reid go in the new year.
Arsenal and Liverpool are the clubs who have been credited with an interest in Reid, as both look to strengthen defences that have struggled so far this season – but it looks as though they may have to wait until the end of the season.