Manchester United are more likely to sign Winston Reid than Arsenal, based on comments made by Sam Allardyce, who suggested the West Ham United defender is motivated by money as talks over a new deal at Upton Park continue to stall.
The Hammers boss provided an update on the New Zealand international's ongoing contract saga, admitting that he was slightly concerned that the talented centre-back was holding out for a better offer.
Reid has entered the final 12 months of his current deal in east London, and has attracted admiring glances from a number of rival Premier League clubs sensing an opportunity to snap up a bargain Bosman free transfer next summer.
Arsene Wenger has been the most heavily linked suitor so far, as the Gunners tactician attempts to strengthen his back line at the Emirates Stadium in the mid-season window, after his failure to successfully replace Thomas Vermaelen following the former skipper's switch to Barcelona during the summer.
However, Arsenal's hopes of landing Reid have been dealt a blow after Allardyce intimated that the 26-year-old is looking for a financial incentive, which is bad news for the typically frugal Frenchman, particularly given the additional interest from Manchester United.
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"I think at the moment he is very comfortable here, but like everything else it is probably down to the money" - Sam Allardyce
The Red Devils flexed their financial muscle by spending close to £150 million on six new Old Trafford signings during the summer, and with Louis van Gaal reportedly keen on Reid, Arsenal could be priced out of the deal.
"That's an ongoing negotiation with the chairman, who is trying to make a positive outcome for ourselves," Allardyce was quoted as saying by talkSPORT when providing an update on the defender.
"The chairman will notify me one way or another when those negotiations are exhausted, and if that comes in the next week or two then we will know whether he is staying or not.
"I think at the moment he is very comfortable here, but like everything else it is probably down to the money."
The West Ham hierarchy have made no secret of their desire to keep Reid at the Boleyn beyond this season, and vice-chairman David Gold recently spoke out on Twitter to reassure one aggravated supporter that they'll be doing everything they can to reach agreement with his representative.
His social media comment was taken as an indirect 'hands-off' warning to Manchester United and Arsenal, but having let the player's contract run down they will be powerless to prevent him from departing if Reid fails to put pen to paper between now and June 2015.