Tottenham Hotspur are ready to meet Winston Reid's £60,000-a-week wage demands as they attempt to beat Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton to the West Ham United defender's signature next summer.
The New Zealand international looks set to leave Upton Park upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season, and White Hart Lane now appears to be his most likely destination, according to The Express.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is desperate to strengthen his back-line in 2015, and is willing to wait another six months before bringing Reid to north London after the club baulked at the £7 million fee the Hammers are demanding in the January transfer window.
Instead, they'll wait to secure him on a Bosman free transfer, and will use some of the money saved to contribute towards his wages whilst also offering the centre-back a £1 million signing on fee to sweeten the deal in the hope of beating off competition from a host of rival suitors.
Arsene Wenger has also been mooted as a long-term admirer of the 26-year-old as he too is on the lookout for central defensive reinforcements at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have failed to fill the void left by Thomas Vermaelen's departure to Barcelona, and with Laurent Koscielny struggling to stay fit they have been left light at times this campaign.
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Manchester United, meanwhile, have looked susceptible at the back this term and that's why Louis van Gaal wants to add an experienced figure to help improve his side's fortunes as he bids to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford and make the Red Devils a genuine force - both domestically and in Europe - again.
Liverpool and Everton complete the five-club list of Premier League sides keeping tabs on Reid's situation, as Brendan Rodgers continues his search for new players to improve his under-performing Anfield squad.
Dejan Lovren has failed to replicate the sort of form that prompted the Reds to pay Southampton £20 million to bring him to Merseyside last summer, and for that reason they look set to return to the transfer market again this year.
However, it looks as though Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton will have to consider alternative options as Tottenham close in on a deal for the in-demand defender, who has been one of Sam Allardyce's most consistent performers at West Ham over the past 18 months.