According to reports from various sources, including Sky Sports, West Ham centre-back Winston Reid looks likely to leave the Hammers when his contract expires in the summer. The New Zealand international had previously been linked with a move to Arsenal.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce told Sky Sports: “There is no future for Winston Reid at West Ham United at the moment. The only future for Winston at the moment is his contract finishes on 30 June.
“He hasn’t said that he is going to sign, he hasn’t said that he is or he isn’t but you’d err on (the side) that he isn’t by the look of it.
“I would say it’s highly unlikely that Winston is going to sign (again) for us based on what people are saying to me.”
With the centre-back out-of-contract in the summer there has been speculation that the Hammers may be tempted to sell Reid in the January transfer window to recoup some money to put towards signing a replacement.
Any deal would be a cut-price one though and the Hammers may be willing to hang onto their star defender and lose him in the summer for nothing, instead of taking a small offer in January.
As we all know Arsenal are currently short on central defensive cover and a centre-back is reportedly at the top of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger’s wishlist in January. The Gunners have had to play full-backs Mathieu Debuchy and Nacho Monreal at centre-back this season, because of injury to first choice centre-back Laurent Koscielny.
Koscielny is now back to fitness, but the Gunners could really do with some extra cover and a cut-price deal for Reid could appeal to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
At 26 Winston Reid has good experience both at Premier League and international level with New Zealand. The centre-back has made 112 league appearances for the Hammers in four and a half years at the Boleyn Ground.
In 2013 he won West Ham Player of the Year, after enjoying a stellar campaign at the centre of the Hammers defence and helped the club survive the threat of relegation.
For me Winston Reid would be a very useful defensive addition to the Gunners squad. He is at a perfect age, has the right experience and could be available at a decent price, which all should appeal to the Gunners.
Having Reid at the centre of the Gunners defence is definitely preferable to having a full-back playing there. For me he would be a decent signing, even if he was only signed as a squad player.
Would Winston Reid be a good signing for Arsenal?