Sam Allardyce insists Winston Reid is staying at West Ham United, unless they receive an offer in the region of £20million.
The New Zealand international has been at Upton Park since the summer of 2010, when he joined from Danish side FC Midtjylland. He has gone on to become a key member of the Hammers back four, making over 100 appearances in the Premier League as he proves to be one of the most accomplished defenders in the country.
Worryingly for the capital club, Reid is in the final year of his contract meaning he could agree a transfer with an overseas club in the New Year. There is also plenty of interest in his signature from this country, with Arsenal and Liverpool said to be keen. However, Allardyce insists he will not consider letting him leave for less than £20million.
“He isn’t going anywhere,” said the West Ham boss. “He is not going anywhere unless someone bids £20million or something like that. 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 than selling him and putting our good season in jeopardy.”
Although Reid would likely be interested in a move to a side who can offer him UEFA Champions League football, there are also good reasons for him to remain at West Ham. Firstly, they have made a great start to the season and are currently in fourth place, and further, they will soon be playing their home games in the Olympic Stadium.
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