Arsenal and Liverpool have both been placed on red alert after Sam Allardyce admitted that West Ham United defender Winston Reid is unlikely to sign a new deal with the Hammers, as reported by The Guardian.
“I would say it’s highly unlikely that Winston is going to sign for us based on what people have said to me,” said Allardyce.
Reid’s contract expires at the end of the season, and this latest news means that the east London club are likely to accept a move for him in January that meets their valuation.
Should they not, they risk losing him for free.
The New Zealand international central defender has played an integral role for West Ham as they have emerged as one of the Premier League’s surprise packages in the first half of the season.
Allardyce’s side could challenge for the Champions League places as we head into the business half of the campaign.
West Ham may have even prepared for Reid’s departure, having signed Canadian defender Doneil Henry for £1.67 million from Apol Limassol.
West Ham United defender Winston Reid has insisted that he is not paying attention to the speculation surrounding his future, with a potential transfer looming in the distance.
The New Zealand international has also told the press that he will continue to try his absolute best for the east London club this season.
Negotiations between Reid and Sam Allardyce’s side have reached an impasse, and as a result, he could walk away from the club on a bosman transfer at the end of the season.
West Ham’s rise up the Premier League table this season has been exceptional, and they go into Christmas in a Champions League berth.
Reid has been integral to those displays, and the possibility of him joining Arsenal would come as a blow to fans of the Hammers.
Despite that uncertainty, however, Reid believes the contract situation is not affecting him, and that he will help West Ham push for the top four.
Reid said: “It doesn’t really affect me. It is just one of those things that has been going on in the background.
“I know where I am and just get on with it and I have always given 100 per cent for this club for as long as I have been here and I will continue to do that.
“It is not something that bothers me, it is just part of being a footballer and it is no big drama.”
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has declared that his side do not fear Arsenal or Chelsea, with fixtures against both of the Premier League giants looming in the coming days.
The Hammers have been exceptional since the start of the season, and find themselves going into the Christmas period sat fourth in the Premier League.
As a result, they face Chelsea on Boxing Day knowing that they are genuine contenders for the Champions League places, should they keep up their current form.
The West Ham manager has admitted that he feels his side are in fourth place on merit, and that even against two of the traditional big four, they fear nothing.
Allardyce said: “It’s a nice time to be playing Chelsea and Arsenal.
“Our draw away at Chelsea last season was our turning point, from then we kicked on and stayed up. So it was huge.
“They’re two tough games but we have earned the right to have a go at both them.
“The cream on top of our cake this season has been the wins over Manchester City and Liverpool so we know we’re capable of getting something from these games.”
Chelsea have been exceptional thus far this season, losing only one game in all competitions – at Newcastle United in the Premier League.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have struggled somewhat, and suffered a late equaliser in their game against Liverpool on Sunday.