West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has revealed that defender Winston Reid is set to leave the club at the end of the season, reports the Daily Star.
The New Zealand international, who has been an integral member of the Hammers squad throughout the season so far, has been linked with a move away from Upton Park of late, with the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal seemingly interested in his signature.
And, with the player's contract set to expire at the end of the season, it now appears that he could complete a move to one of the Premier League giants in the summer transfer window.
Speaking about Reid, West Ham boss Allardyce told reporters: "There is no future for Winston Reid at West Ham United at the moment because his contract ends on June 30.
"He hasn't said that he is going to sign and he hasn't said that he isn't but you'd err on the fact that he isn't by the feel of it, by the look of it, and by the know-how in the football world.
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"I've been talking to other managers so on and so forth about the situation and I'd say it was highly unlikely that Winston is going to sign for us based on what people are saying to me."
There's no doubt about it, with Reid in such fine form, the likes of United and Arsenal would only improve in the defensive department if they landed him later this year.
In truth, both clubs have struggled at the back in recent time, with Louis van Gaal's side paying the price after allowing the experienced trio of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra depart the club last summer.
And this season, the likes of Jonny Evans, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have struggled to maintain their fitness, whilst failing to hit top form.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have also struggled at the back after selling former captain Thomas Vermaelen to Spanish giants Barcelona this past summer. Despite adding youngster Calum Chambers to their ranks, the north London outfit have looked vulnerable at the back all season long.
There's no doubt about, the Gunners could do with improving at the back sooner rather than later, so may well look to add to their squad in this current January transfer window.
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