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West Ham Sign New Zealand Youngster Winston Reid

Upton Park snap up another useful signing.

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Nelspruit South Africa World Cup 2010 Italy v New Zealand (1-1) Match 28 20/06/10 Winston Reid Shane Smeltz (NZL) Photo Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Nelspruit South Africa World Cup 2010 Italy v New Zealand (1-1) Match 28 20/06/10 Winston Reid Shane Smeltz (NZL) Photo Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

West Ham have made their fifth signing of the summer after completing a deal for New Zealand defender Winston Reid from Danish side FC Midtjylland.
Reid, 22, who scored a memorable last-minute equaliser for New Zealand at the World Cup against Slovakia, signed a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
He joins fellow new Upton Park arrivals Thomas Hitzlsperger, Pablo Barrera, Frederic Piquionne and Tal Ben Haim.
West Ham open the new Premier League season on Saturday week at Aston Villa.
“It has been a mad couple of weeks and the last couple of days have been pretty hectic, so I am just happy to be here now,” Reid told the club website.

“I am pretty decent fitness-wise. I had a game last Sunday so I am in pretty good nick.”
Reid, who only made his debut for New Zealand in May this year, had a strange route to the World Cup.
The Maori-descended player moved from New Zealand to Denmark with his mother 11 years ago, playing football for Denmark up to U21 level. (BBC Sport)

Winston Reid will forever be remembered by New Zealanders for his last gasp goal against Slovakia in a very successful World Cup campaign that saw the Kiwis register three draws from their three games. The 22 year old has been a consistent performer in Denmark over the past two seasons and could well prove to be a good bit of business by Avram Grant who has brought in some intelligent signings thus far.

Below the moment Reid became a legend in his homeland.

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