West Ham defender Winston Reid is supposedly being coveted by some of the Premier League’s most iconic clubs, but co-chairman David Gold claims there is ‘every chance’ the player will extend his stay at the Boleyn Ground.
Reid can be acquired on a free transfer next summer if he fails to agree a new deal, and this potential availability has led to speculation that England’s elite are considering approaches for the New Zealand international.
Arsenal have long been linked with Reid while Manchester United and Liverpool have more recently been credited with interest of their own in the 26-year-old. The increased reports have led to growing concerns at West Ham that Reid could depart, but Gold is optimistic about his club’s prospects of keeping the centre-back.
“Every chance,” Gold tweeted in response to a supporter who had asked the probability that Reid might remain. He added that Reid “might sign a new contract” amid suggestions that West Ham ought to start making plans without him.
Reid is reported to have already rejected offers from the club, although it is unclear if he is holding out for a more lucrative proposal or he has designs to leave West Ham. The chance to move to a club of greater standing would certainly be tempting.
Arsenal and Manchester United are the two of these supposed suitors with the clearest need for defensive reinforcements, with neither Arsene Wenger or Louis van Gaal content with the depth of their respective options.
Wenger allowed Thomas Vermaelen, who was wanted by Van Gaal, to leave for Barcelona during the summer transfer window, but was unable to adequately compensate for the Belgian’s departure. Calum Chambers was signed from Southampton, but another more experienced option is clearly needed.
Manchester United, meanwhile, signed only Marcos Rojo after both Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand left Old Trafford, and Van Gaal has been required to put his faith in members of the club’s under-21 for the time being at least.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are in less need of numbers at the back, but Brendan Rodgers clearly has concerns over the capabilities of his current central defenders, despite having recruited Dejan Lovren in the summer.