West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed that his club will do everything they can to try and convince Winston Reid not to abandon them for bigger sides at the end of the season.
The New Zealand international’s future has been the subject of mass speculation recently, mainly due to the fact that his current deal ends at the end of this season, and a host of the Premier League’s most powerful sides have registered a subsequent interest.
Reid's contract situation
However, whereas earlier this week it was reported that Reid was stalling on signing a six-year deal which would net him £75,000-a-week, Allardyce appears confident of convincing his star man that his future lies at the club who have made him into a star in England’s top flight.
In a statement some might deem to be urging his man to place his faith in West Ham, the Hammers boss revealed that he is of the belief Reid can continue to grow where he is, without having to move to the likes of Manchester United or Arsenal, both of whom are interested.
"We're building the club slowly at the moment but our ultimate goal is try and be as ambitious as we possibly can and that would be as ambitious as Winston," Allardyce said, according to talkSPORT.
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"We're building the club slowly at the moment but our ultimate goal is try and be as ambitious as we possibly can and that would be as ambitious as Winston"
"But of course if Winston's that impatient and he thinks it's something else then we'll have to wait and see."
It’s not difficult to see why Reid finds himself one of the most sought-after players in the Premier League, having wedged himself in as the cornerstone of West Ham’s success thus far. Allardyce’s side have surprised many with their performances this term, and are currently placed 5th in the table, having amassed 15 points from their opening ten matches.
West Ham problems
Yet West Ham know all to well that if they can’t convince their best players to commit their future’s to the Boleyn Ground, they may not have a chance of keeping them past next summer.
Reid’s position is one of paramount importance given the fact that his current contract is nearing its end, and the lurking giants who would seek to lure him away at the start of the New Year.
Unfortunately for Allardyce it’s looking as though he’ll have to ward off the advances of both Arsene Wenger and Louis van Gaal is he wants to keep the 26-year-old.
United’s need for a strong leader has been made all the more pertinent given the way their back-line has performed so far this term, whilst the partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker at Arsenal doesn’t look like being suitable for the Gunners’ ambitions.