Winston Reid contract talks could begin next week

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West Ham United are desperate to open contract talks with defensive linchpin Winston Reid next week, in an effort to persuade the centre-back he should snub interest from Arsenal, Manchester United & Liverpool to stay in East London.

Reid's current deal expires at the end of the season and he's so far snubbed attempts from Hammers chiefs to thrash out a deal over fresh terms, fuelling speculation he'll make a Bosman move to a leading Premier League giant next summer.

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With proven Premier League defenders in such short supply Reid has become a player in huge demand over the last few months, wanted by a whole host of sides across the division with varying ambitions.

Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers would be willing to offer the New Zealand international a fresh challenge with regular first-team football next season, but West Ham would rather sell to a top side in January than lose him for nothing at the close of the campaign.

Time for Reid to make his mind up

The Daily Mail believe West Ham plan to get tough with Reid before the window opens, sign a new deal or be put up for sale for a fee in the region of £5m in January.

A relatively cheap price tag for the 26-year-old would surely have Gunners boss Arsene Wenger first in the queue, with Arsenal desperately short of cover in the centre of defence and leaking goals consistently as a result.

Man United could also definitely do with an experienced head to help ease their woes in a problem position, while Liverpool's summer spending spree has failed to shore up a rearguard which conceded 50 goals in the Premier League last season.

West Ham will make one final bid to keep Reid this month and plan crunch talks with his representatives as soon as possible, with so many teams looking to prise the physically imposing centre-backs away from Upton Park those negotiations already look doomed.

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