Arsenal and Man United defensive target rubbishes exit links

West Ham ace Winston Reid has rubbished rumours he is set to leave Upton Park, with Arsenal interested in the centre-back, according to the London Evening Standard.

Reid has been heavily linked with a move away from the Hammers recently, but has now publicly denied claims that he is forcing a transfer before the end of January.

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The New Zealand international will be out of a contract come summer, which has alerted the likes of the Gunners who are extremely keen on signing a defender.

This has resulted in the media suggesting that Reid isn’t extending his West Ham deal in order to push for a move, but the notion has been played down by the 26-year-old on the social media platform Twitter.

He tweeted: “Whoever wrote that story of me today is not true. Well done.”

Irons manager Sam Allardyce has also advised Reid to ignore the speculation, and that he should be focusing on retaining West Ham’s good form this season.

“We’ve done as much as we possibly can [to keep Reid],” Allardyce said previously. “It was probably the longest [set of] negotiations I’ve ever seen with a player. Whether we can get there in the end, I’m not sure. That’s in the chairman’s hands, not mine.

“I just hope, with us doing so well this year, and us moving into the new stadium, is there a bigger or better club around than West Ham for Winston Reid? I’m not so sure there is, you know.”

Reid is also being targeted by Manchester United, who sit four points above the Hammers on the league table.