Liverpool are reported be considering a formal approach for West Ham defender Winston Reid during the summer transfer window. Arsenal have also been linked with the New Zealand international but, it would appear, Liverpool have stolen a march on their rivals.
According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool are set to make a firm offer for Reid, who has spent much of this season out with injury. West Ham have, however, often looked a far more solid position with Reid in the centre of their defence, although the 25-year-old has struggled to reclaim his place since making a return.
Hammers manager Sam Allardyce chose to recall James Collins to replace Reid for the weekend encounter with Manchester United, with the former having played the full 90 minutes in the club’s previous defeat to Stoke City.
Reid, who is contracted until the end of next season, is reported to have become upset at not being able to reclaim his staring berth, having been named the Hammer of the Year for his performances at the back last season.
Liverpool could move to take advantage of this supposed unrest, with manager Brendan Rodgers seemingly keen to recruit reinforcements in defensive positions during the summer transfer window. Liverpool may be contested in their pursuit, however, with Arsenal having been credited with interest of their own.
Arsene Wenger has reportedly been keeping tabs on Reid, but it is not clear if the Arsenal boss will move to recruit Reid as back-up for Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. The Gunners were linked with a £6 million bid for Reid during the January transfer window of this year.