Manchester United set transfer sights on Winston Reid

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Manchester United are being credited with an interest in Arsenal defender target Winston Reid.

The Daily Mail claims the West Ham United star has emerged on the radar of the former champions amidst a crisis in the position at the club.

Contract expiring

And, after some big spending at Old Trafford since the arrival of Louis van Gaal, the New Zealand international represents a much cheaper option for the Red Devils, with his current deal set to expire next summer.

Indeed, reports on transfer deadline day earlier in the month claimed Arsenal were considering a move for the player, with just £3million the mooted fee.

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Arsene Wenger failed to secure a deal before the close of the window, but the Gunners were regularly mentioned alongside Reid and could still be interested in bringing the player to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal lost a centre back this summer in the shape of Thomas Vermaelen, but moved quickly to replace him with the arrival of young Englishman Calum Chambers.

Fourth option?

He's settled well in north London alongside Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, but the arrival of Reid would give the Gunners a fourth option at centre back if they needed it.

Four options is something Manchester United can only dream about at the moment, with young Patrick McNair drafted in today (Saturday) to make his senior debut at the heart of his side's defence.

Marcos Rojo was his partner, with another youngster - Tyler Blackett - suspended after his ascent to the Red Devils first team following the exits of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic in the summer. Jonny Evans remains inconsistent.

Time to strengthen

Van Gaal may have strengthened Manchester United in attack, but defence remains an area that will need to be addressed once again in January, and it's claimed that Reid is now an option.

Sam Allardyce, meanwhile, would love to keep the player at Upton Park after an impressive start to the season for Hammers.

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