If the Arsenal boss has any real transfer interest in the West Ham and New Zealand international star Winston Reid, then we should soon see some action from Arsene Wenger. Because the defender’s current boss Sam Allardyce has given the biggest hint yet that Reid will not be staying at West Ham and all but encouraged any interested parties to come and get his player.
No football manager is ever going to say so outright, but the recent words of Allardyce, reported by Sky Sports, is about as clear as you will get. With Reid’s current contract due to expire at the end of this season, his boss has declared that there is not much chance of the centre back still being a Hammer next season, leaving the club with the choice of cashing in now or losing him for nothing.
The West Ham manager said, “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.”
So with Arsenal in dire need of defensive options and cover and with other Premier League clubs including Liverpool and Tottenham apparently interested in Reid, surely Wenger must either make his move now or never. But which will it be Gooners?