Liverpool have joined the race for West Ham defender Winston Reid’s signature, threatening to do battle with rivals Manchester United for his signature as a result, as reported by the Daily Express.
Reid has emerged as one of the more solid defenders in the Premier League, but has only one year left to run on his current deal, meaning that he can depart the east London club on a free transfer next summer.
That has alerted Man Utd to his availability, with the Old Trafford club believed to be interested in his signature.
However, reports now suggest that Liverpool are also interested in the player, and are tracking the player with the potential of signing him in the summer for nothing.
This has caused a significant dilemma for West Ham.
They could either sell him for a cut price fee in January to a Premier League rival, or see him depart for nothing next summer, assuming he does not agree a new deal.
Manchester United are said to be tracking West Ham United star Winston Reid ahead of a possible move for the New Zealand international defender in January, as reported by the Metro.
The Old Trafford club’s defence has emerged as a significant problem since the start of the new season, which has seen Man Utd put together indifferent form since the campaign kicked off.
Despite pre season positivity surrounding the appointment of former Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss Louis van Gaal, the Dutch boss has led the club to only two competitive wins.
They have also suffered humiliating losses against MK Dons and Leicester City, losing 4-0 and 5-3 respectively.
There are now suggestions that Man Utd see Reid as an ideal option in defence, although a January move might be delayed in favour of signing him as a free agent when his contract expires next summer.
Reid has emerged as a consistent defender since joining West Ham in 2010.