West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has slapped a huge £20 million price tag on defender Winston Reid.
This will come as a blow to both Liverpool and Arsenal, who have been tracking the New Zealand international ahead of the January transfer window.
Reid’s contract with West Ham expires at the end of the season, and as a result, there had been hopes that he would be available on a cut price deal in the winter transfer window, with a belief that the Hammers would not be willing to lose him for free.
That has not, however, turned out to be the case.
Allardyce is not willing to see him depart for anything less than his true value.
“He isn’t going anywhere,” the West Ham boss said. “Unless someone bids £20million or something like that.”
With the east London side flying high in the Premier League, the 26 year old defensive brute could be tempted into staying at the end of the campaign, but that represents a significant risk for Allardyce.
Allardyce added: “If somebody flirts around with a measly offer because he is in the last year of his contract, we would make more money by keeping him and finishing where we are in the league than selling him and putting our good season in jeopardy.”
Clubs may now be tempted into waiting until the end of the campaign to capture the centre back, who has made 105 appearances for West Ham in four years.