New Zealand international Winston Reid’s contract expires at the end of the season.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has placed a £20 million price tag on New Zealand defender Winston Reid even though the defender could be available for free next summer. Reid has been a regular in the Hammers team and has been a major protagonist to their superb start this season which has seen them climb all the way up to fourth in the table. The centre back has not yet committed to a new deal and, with his contract expiring at the end of the season, has been linked with a January move to Arsenal or Liverpool.
However, Allardyce has revealed he has no plans to sell Reid during the upcoming transfer window — unless another club decides to splash the cash.
“He ain’t going anywhere. He is not going anywhere unless someone bids £20m or something like that,” said Allardyce.
“There is obviously not a lot I can do about that.”
“If somebody flirts around with a measly offer because he is in the last year of his contract, we would make more money by keeping him and finishing where we are in the league — rather than selling him and putting our good season in jeopardy.Because replacing him in January — replacing anybody in January — is a very difficult job indeed.”
Talks over a new deal between Hammers board and Reid have been going on since summer but with the transfer window fast approaching, this situation might be a worry for the West Ham fans. The New Zealand international, who is on the final year of his contract with the club has demanded a contract worth £60,000-a-week and a huge £1m signing on fee to remain with the club beyond the current campaign according to reports.
But Allardyce is still hopeful that the 26-year-old commits himself to the club and sign a new deal.”I just don’t pay too much attention to it now it has gone on so long,” added Allardyce.
“I just hope that the phone call is a yes when the chairman rings me up at some stage.At the moment it is neither a positive nor a negative. It is neither a yes or a no from Reidy at the moment.”
West Ham have enjoyed their best start to a Premier League season and are currently in fourth place with 27 points from 15 games.