West Ham stand firm over Winston Reid contract

The Hammers are refusing to increase the terms already on the table for the New Zealand centre-back and risk losing him for nothing next summer if a positive outcome is not reached
By Graeme Bailey

West Ham United have told Winston Reid that they will not be improving their current contract offer in an attempt to persuade him to remain at Upton Park, Goal understands.

Reid has carved out a reputation as a top Premier League centre-back with his performances for the Hammers since his move from FC Midtjylland back in 2010 and won the club's player of the year award in 2013.

The likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham have all been monitoring the New Zealand international's contract situation, with Reid's current deal expiring next summer.

Goal can reveal the Hammers have offered Reid a sizeable new contract that would make the 26-year-old one of the club's highest earners although the defender is still considering his options and the deal remains unsigned.

Sources close to the deal have told Goal that the Hammers consider the offer "outstanding" and will not be increasing terms should Reid continue to play hardball.

Should Reid decide against committing his future to Sam Allardyce's side, Goal understands West Ham would only consider a January sale if the offer is too good to refuse.

Both Arsenal, who Goal exclusively revealed made an enquiry for Reid in the summer, and Manchester United have struggled with defensive injuries at the beginning of the 2014-15 campaign although it remains to be seen if they will make a concerted push to sign the West Ham star in the winter window.

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