According to recent reports in the Mirror, West Ham United’s Winston Reid is set to move to the Hammers’ bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer in the summer, after snubbing various contract offers from the east London club.
Winston Reid has undoubtedly been a major success story since arriving at Upton Park from Danish side FC Midtjylland in August 2010. The New Zealand international was somewhat of an unknown entity when he made the switch to East London, but after five successful years at the Boleyn Ground – stacking up over 115 league starts – it looks as though his time with the Hammers is coming to an end.
The West Ham boss told Sky Sports three weeks ago that he’s hopeful Reid will stay at the Boleyn Ground, Allardyce said; “There’s no choice for me, he stays – that’s it. If somebody makes a big offer then obviously the chairman decides, but for me he’s staying.
“The chairman decides whether the money is big enough, but for me he stays and I think that the way the club has improved, I think he will stay.”
Despite Allardyce’s hopes, it looks as though the tables have turned since then, and the New Zealand skipper will indeed be off in the summer.
The defender has certainly been a big hit with the Hammers fans over the years, but after reportedly agreeing to join West Ham’s Premier League rivals Spurs in the summer, Reid may just have down in the West Ham fans estimations. With the Mirror also reporting Reid will earn £60,000-a-week at White Hart Lane, can you really blame him for making the controversial switch? However, the 26-year-old has settled into life at Upton Park, he’s featured regularly in the Hammers first-team under the management of Sam Allardyce and there is no guarantee the New Zealander will get as much game time at Tottenham than he’s had at West Ham.
As well as game time potentially being an issue, the clubs in terms of on the football field aren’t a million miles away from each other at present either. West Ham have enjoyed a very successful campaign thus far, which had seen them sit above the Lilywhites in the Premier League table for quite some time. The Irons’ recent dip in results coinciding with Spurs’ pick up in form of late, has seen Tottenham overtake the Hammers in the league table – going four points clear of the Allardyce’s side.
With West Ham’s imminent move to the Olympic Stadium, big things are expected from the east London club. The Irons are all set up for a very exciting time in their history, which makes you wonder why a player who has been there for quite a considerable amount of time would want to make a move away, especially when things aren’t too shabby on the pitch either.
Reid, who featured and scored for New Zealand in the 2010 World Cup, is undoubtedly an excellent defender, who has got better and better as the years have gone by. According to the Daily Star, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal were also reportedly keen on the centre-back’s signature, but sources close to Spurs suggest Reid has already informally agreed to join the Lilywhites.
If the transfer does happen, it will be very interesting to see if the move works out, but sometimes in football you have to careful what you wish for.