Winston Reid targeted by Arsenal for January transfer

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has identified Winston Reid as a viable transfer target and is ready to test West Ham United's resolve with a bid for the defender in January, according to the Daily Mail.

Wenger decided not to sign a centre-back before the transfer window slammed shut, but definitely still needs extra cover in that position incase either Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny are struck by an injury curse which has plagued Arsenal in recent seasons.

Reid would fit the bill and has the kind of Premier League experience which would make him a perfect squad player for the Gunners, although its unclear if West Ham are willing sellers and if they have an asking price in mind.

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Contract talks not forthcoming

One thing working in Arsenal's favour if they are serious about signing Reid is his contract situation.

The 26-year-old's current deal with West Ham expires at the end of the season, with no sign of fresh terms being signed a month into the new campaign.

The New Zealand international possesses the kind of steel and versatility that would make him important for Wenger, able to play at right-back and help ease the burden on a position where Arsenal have been robbed of Mathieu Debuchy thanks to a broken angle ligament.

Defensive signing has to be January priority

Gunners scouts have been keeping a close check on Reid for some time and are poised to make a cut-price offer when the window reopens, rather than look to sign a free agent like Joseph Yobo or Diego Lugano.

Arsenal looked back to something like their best against Aston Villa yesterday in a 3-0 win, although it's hard to believe a defence short of options will hold up to the demands of a gruelling campaign in its current form.

Reid could certainly help make sure injuries don't cost Arsenal dear in the second half of the season, with Arsenal now working on a vital January addition that can't come soon enough.

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