West Ham manager, Sam Allardyce, has given up hopes of keeping Winston Reid at the club beyond the summer, with Arsenal emerging as the most likely destination, reports in the UK have it.
The New Zealand centre-back has been the subject of transfer rumours over the past 12 months and has not signed a new contract at the club, giving impetus to the reports that he will leave on the free during the summer.
Big Sam had hoped to persuade the 26-year-old to commit his future to the club through to the Olympic Stadium move, which happens the season after next. But recently the noise he has heard through his personal football grapevine makes him believe that Reid has already made his mind up.
“There is no future for Winston Reid at West Ham United at the moment because his contract finishes,” Allardyce said. “The only thing is that his contract finishes June 30. “He hasn’t said he is going to sign and he hasn’t said he isn’t. “But you would you err on the side that he isn’t by the feel and the look of it at this moment in time, by the know-how in the football world I have been talking to – other managers and so forth about the situation.
“So I would say it is highly unlikely that Winston is going to sign for us based on what people are saying to me.” Allardyce said there had been no direct approaches during this window but would be reluctant to sell anyway despite signing Canada international Doneil Henry on a three-year deal.
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