If Winston Reid signs a new contract after all the speculation that’s surrounded him over the past few months we can expect a collective sigh to go round east London.
It never looked likely Reid would sign a new deal with his current West Ham contract expiring in the summer; however after endless controversy and rumours about where he would end up it now appears he could be staying after all.
It’s being reported that Reid is ready to sign following the latest rounds of negotiations with the club, which has seen the Hammers put an exceptionally good offer on the table according to Sam Allardyce.
“Winston has an exceptionally good offer on the table and he has not made a decision to either reject it or to say yes I will stay,” the West Ham boss told the London Evening Standard. “We can’t get the decision out of him unless we torture him, put cocktail sticks under his nails or phone Jack Bauer.”
Allardyce is clearly as irritated by the situation as the fans and the sooner the saga is put to an end the better.
The fact Reid has been unwilling as of yet to make a decision or commit to the Hammers suggests he would favour a move away, with more money his only incentive to stay.
Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal have been heavily linked with moves for the New Zealand international and had they made an offer in the January transfer window he may have already left the club.
Worth the money
West Ham have made no secret of their desire to keep the defender, though, and have finally succumb to his wage demands – believed to be in the region of £80,000-a-week – which a player of his importance probably deserves.
It’s never pleasant to see a player hold their club to ransom but we come to expect nothing less in this era of modern football.
Reid has earned the right to be one of the top earners at Upton Park and if he does actually stay it’ll be massive for West Ham as he would not be easy to replace.
His performances during this campaign have highlighted how influential he is in the team and his signature would be another big statement of the club's ambition, which is dependent on them keeping their best players.
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