West Ham co-owner David Sullivan claims Winston Reid had attracted interest from some of Europe's 'top sides' before deciding to finally commit his long-term future to the club.
It was announced on Thursday that Reid had put pen to paper on a six-and-a-half year contract, something West Ham felt was quite a coup considering the other clubs supposedly courting the New Zealand international.
Sullivan said: "There was a lot of speculation in the media about Winston’s future and I know that some of Europe’s top sides were taking a look at him and understandably he wanted to play for a Club that would be challenging for and competing in Europe over the coming years.”
Reid had been linked with a move away from Upton Park; with the likes of Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool and Tottenham rumoured to have been keeping tabs on the 26-year old.
In fact it had seemed far more likely that he would leave, with Spurs reported to be the most likely destination, rather than remain a West Ham player. But the tide began to turn in recent days.
Reid insists he “feels valued” at West Ham and was more than happy to stay despite the drawn out negotiations.
Sullivan, meanwhile, is also confident his club will soon be in a position to satisfy their top players’ European aspirations.
He added: "As a Board we firmly believe that we will be doing that (playing in Europe) once we have settled in to our new home and signing Winston up alongside James Tomkins gives us a platform to base our defence around for the next five to six years.
"Mark Noble has also pledged his future and I am pushing ahead to see a couple more first-team players follow suit by the end of the season.”
West Ham are set to move into their new home for the 2016/17 season, a fresh start which Sullivan hopes will lead the club to Champions League football within five-years.
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