West Ham refuse to increase Winston Reid contract offer

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West Ham United have warned Winston Reid they will not be held to ransom regarding the terms offered in his new contract, despite a raft of recent interest from rival Premier League clubs. reports that the New Zealand international has attracted admiring glances from Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur having entered the final year of his current deal at Upton Park, but that will have no impact on the east London club's proposal.

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Proven quality

Reid has established himself as one of Sam Allardyce's most important players since joining West Ham from Danish outfit FC Midtjylland back in 2010, and his impressive form has prompted attention from a growing list of suitors.

The 26-year-old appears to be stalling on an extension, despite the fact his existing employers have tabled what they describe as an "outstanding" offer to the defender that was voted player of the year in 2013.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger made an enquiry for the centre-back during the summer as he looked to fill the void left by Thomas Vermaelen, only for West Ham to knock back advances from the Emirates Stadium.

Brendan Rodgers has also been mooted as a fan of Reid, as he looked to strengthen his defensive department at Anfield. The Liverpool manager opted instead to fork out £20 million on the services of Croatian stopper Dejan Lovren, who became the third player to join from Southampton, following Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana to Merseyside.

Rival interest

Mauricio Pochettino - another man that formed part of the summer exodus at St Mary's - had eyed Reid as a possible recruit at White Hart Lane as well, and the Spurs chief is thought to still be monitoring the player's contractual situation closely.

Meanwhile, Louis van Gaal completes the quartet of Premier League coaches keeping tabs on developments at the Boleyn Ground, with the Red Devils boss also in desperate need of reinforcements in that area of his squad at Old Trafford.

It remains to be seen what Reid's eventual decision will be, but West Ham couldn't have made it any clearer that he won't earn any more money than what has already been offered. His refusal to commit could prompt an early exit when the transfer window reopens in January, with the Hammers unlikely to be happy about losing the player for nothing next summer.

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