Arsenal are hoping to agree a £3 million deal for West Ham United defender Winston Reid in the January transfer window, reports The Sun.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has already admitted that Reid will leave Upton Park when his contract expires in the summer. With only six months left on his current deal, Reid is free to negotiate a pre-contract with other clubs.
But Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen on bringing the New Zealand international to the Emirates Stadium in the current transfer window. The Gunners have struggled for consistency in defence and a new centre-back appears top of Wenger's wish list.
Laurent Koscielny looks set to struggle with an achilles problem for the remainder of the season while Wenger has already expressed concerns with the amount of games Calum Chambers has played.
Reid would add strength in depth to the Arsenal line up, boosting their chances of making the top four. West Ham will look to resist offers as they are chasing a European place themselves, but Wenger hopes an offer of £3 million will be accepted.
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Manchester United interest
Paying £3 million would also help to make sure the 29-year-old doesn't join rivals Manchester United. Louis van Gaal has seen his side decimated by injuries this season and has been unconvinced by a number of defenders.
Manchester United have shown a reluctance to make short-term signings in the past, but reports continue to link Reid with a move to Old Trafford. Ron Vlaar is also on Van Gaal's radar.
The Gunners have looked at Celtic's Virgil van Dijk and Ipswich Town's Tyrone Mings but Wenger considers both to be longer-term additions. Van Dijk could cost upwards of £8 million while Ipswich are looking for £10 million before they agree to sell Mings.
Reid is significantly older than both of those stars and is unlikely to agree a deal longer than three years should he eventually agree to join the Gunners. However, his experience in the Premier League could prove vital to getting back into the Champions League qualifying places.
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