Liverpool and Arsenal have been handed a boost in their pursuit of West Ham's Winston Reid, according to the Daily Mirror.
The New Zealand international's contract is expiring at the end of the season and the Hammers are yet to tie him down to a new deal. The club are unwilling to meet the defender's demands of £60,000 per week on top of a £1 million signing on fee.
Reid has played a big part in West Ham's impressive start to the season, with the Londoners currently sitting fourth in the table. Arsenal and Liverpool are both considering bids for the 26-year-old in January in the hope that the Hammers want to recoup some money, instead of losing him on a free transfer in the summer.
West Ham however are hoping that Reid will stay at the club, they are counting on qualification for European football being enough of a lure to tie him down to a new deal.
Both the Gunners and Liverpool are eying new defenders; Arsenal are sixth in the league and sit four points off the Champions League places, while Liverpool are floundering in ninth.
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Injuries have shone a light on Arsenal's defensive vulnerabilities and Nacho Monreal has been used as an emergency centre back following Laurent Koscielny's ankle injury whilst Per Mertesacker has looked unconvincing as his side have thrown away leads against Anderlecht and Swansea, as well as conceding three first-half goals against Stoke.
Liverpool's defence has also struggled this season as Dejan Lovren has struggled to justify his £25 million price tag.The team are aiming high after last year's second place finish and failure to secure European football this season would more than likely spell the end for Brendan Rodgers.
Where does Reid go?
Reid though would be better off staying at West Ham. The east Londoners' form will more than likely dip before the end of the season but they could still finish above Arsenal and Liverpool.
The two sides attract much higher investment than West Ham, as soon as a better defender becomes available Reid will find himself warming the bench, it's better to stay a big fish in a small pond.