Arsenal looking to be in the driving seat over the signature of West Ham United defender Winston Reid. This comes as according to the Daily Mirror, Reid has told his current club he won’t sign a new contract to pursue a move to Arsenal.
Winston Reid is 26-years-old and began his youth career in Denmark with FC Midtjylland where he graduated the academy and represented the club’s first team in 86 league matches. In August 2010, Reid was purchased by West Ham United who sought to give him an opportunity in British football. Since then Reid has played 114 league matches for the Hammers but now looks set to depart as his contract comes to an end at the close of the season.
Reid is of course available to leave Upton Park on a free in June but is desperate for the move to happen this month with both Tottenham Hotspur and his preferred side Arsenal, both in the hunt for a centre-back. West Ham United though value their key man at £8m whilst Arsenal will bid no more than £4.5m leaving Reid in an uncomfortable position.
Reid started his international career with Denmark’s youth teams but elected to play for the country of his birth, New Zealand and has since earned 18 full caps. The question also remains if Reid can make the step up to a bigger club or if the move will happen at all if West Ham hold firm.