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Winston Reid set for West Ham departure

by Richard Laverty

West Ham United defender Winston Reid is set to leave the club after manager Sam Allardyce confirmed there was ‘no future’ for him at Upton Park.

The New Zealand international has been superb for the Hammers since joining the club in 2010 off the back of an impressive World Cup in South Africa.

There has been much speculation surrounding the 26-year-old recently given his contract expires in the summer and today his manager confirmed his future lies away from the London club.

“There is no future for Winston Reid at West Ham United at the moment because his contract finishes on June 30,” said Allardyce, who maintains there had been no contact from any clubs so far in the January window.

“He hasn’t said he is going to sign and he hasn’t said he isn’t, but you would 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.”

With Manchester United in desperate need for defensive recruits, Reid could fall under the same category as Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar.

Both solid, no-nonsense defenders who appear to be underrated given the clubs they play at and as Reid has been relatively injury free, he could add some stability to Louis van Gaal‘s defence.

With both players contracts set to expire in the summer, United could make moves this month for a cut-price deal if they really are desperate to sign defender soon or swoop for either on a free transfer in the summer.

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