Contract rebel may be forced to wait for West Ham exit

West Ham manager Sam Allarydce recently stated that Winston Reid has ‘no future’ at Upton Park, leading to reports that he may well leave the club in January.

Although the sale of Reid would mean that West Ham get some sort of money for their star defender, Allardyce may be reluctant to let Reid leave this January. One of the main issues will be finding a replacement that can settle into the starting eleven straight away. The manager will want to avoid any sort of panic buying this month so keeping hold of Reid until the end of the season could be a viable option.

Allardyce recently said that the defender was valued at around £20million. If West Ham were to sell in January, a bid of a more realistic £7 million would be more than enough to spark Reid’s exit. However, it is unclear of where that bid will come from. Manchester United are understood to have bigger targets and Arsene Wenger will be reluctant to pay that figure in the winter window. Therefore, Reid may struggle to find a new club this month. There remains the very real possibility that Reid has an arrangement in place at the end of the season, meaning he can move to a club for free. Although this is not in the best interests of West Ham, Allardyce is not in a position of power regarding Reid’s current situation.

The biggest worry for West Ham fans is the likelihood that Reid will not be fully focused in the latter half of the season. Players often lose motivation when they realise they have no real future at a club and this sometimes leads to poorer performances. Furthermore, fans will be disheartened by Reid’s decision to depart the club and there will be calls for the New Zealander to be dropped, especially if the fan base adopt the ‘no player is bigger than the club’ ethos towards the New Zealand international. Although fans may not want to see Reid feature, it looks as if Sam Allarydce will continue to play the centre-back.

His last performance for West Ham was an impressive one, playing well in the 1-1 FA Cup draw away to Everton. If Reid can keep producing quality displays for the Hammers, it makes sense to keep hold of him until the end of the season. West Ham will be busy in the transfer market once again this summer and it gives the manager and the board enough time to identify the perfect replacement for Reid.

The situation is not ideal for Sam Allardyce and it is one he would undoubtedly wish to avoid. However, with players often in charge of their own futures these days, there is not a lot the manager can do to help the current predicament. If a sizeable offer does come in for the defender, there is no doubt that West Ham will sell, but the likelihood of anyone offering a large transfer fee for a player available for free in the summer is highly doubtful.

Therefore, West Ham may have to stick with the contract rebel until the end of the season, something that may not sit comfortably with the majority of West Ham’s following.