Winston Reid opens talks with West Ham over new deal

The 24-year-old New Zealand defender, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has begun talks with the club over a two-year extension to his current deal at Upton Park
West Ham defender Winston Reid has begun talks with the club over a two-year contract extension.

The New Zealand international's current deal runs out at the end of the season and the Hammers are keen to tie the centre-back down to a new deal, with other clubs reportedly sniffing around for the 24-year-old's services.

Reid himself has no doubts about where he wants to play his football.

He told the Daily Star: “We are talking. There’s an option in there for both parties to take another two years at the end of the season.

“I’ve always wanted to stay here. I enjoy being here.”

The defender, nicknamed the 'Maori Monster' by the West Ham fans, has started every game for Sam Allardyce's side this season despite suffering from a niggling back injury, helping them keep six clean sheets in the process.

But Reid says he has no problem putting his body on the line for the team.

“We’ve had it knocked into us that we need to go out and win games," he said.

"If you have to put your body on the line to do that, then you have to do it."

Reid joined the Hammers from Danish Superliga club FC Midtjylland in August 2010 following his displays at the World Cup in South Africa for New Zealand.