Arsenal & Man United target could stay put

Sam Allardyce believes that West Ham’s impressive start to the season and future plans may be enough to persuade Winston Reid to reject interest from Arsenal and Manchester United.

The New Zealand centre-back has been heavily linked with the Premier League giants of late, amid speculation that he will leave the Hammers this month.

Reid’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the season, meaning that the Irons are at risk of losing him for free before too long if they cannot tie him down to a near deal – for which talks are ongoing.

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Allardyce has also recently hinted that the 26-year-old may head away from Upton Park, with plans for life without him seemingly taking shape with the arrival of Doneil Henry.

However, ‘Big Sam’ has now changed his stance and believes that West Ham’s excellent 2014/15 may be enough to convince Reid to stay:

“I think that the way the club has improved I think with him staying and what we’ve done this season – and hopefully finish the season strongly – might persuade him to sign for us.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.

“We’re on the up at the moment and we’ve got a very big future ahead of us, moving into the new stadium.

“So the club could be bigger than it has ever been in the next four to five years.”

United and Arsenal have been linked with moves, with both clubs keen on centre-back reinforcements.