West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has pleaded with Winston Reid to turn down a potential move to London rivals Arsenal and renew his contract at the Hammers.
Reid is out of contract at the end of the season and has been heavily linked with a move away from Upton Park, with north London duo Tottenham and Arsenal reportedly leading the race for his signature.
But Allardyce believes Reid would be better off staying with West Ham as they continue their bid for European qualification and edge closer to a move to the Olympic Stadium.
Allardyce told talkSPORT: “I just hope, with us doing so well this year, looking up, 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.”
And Allardyce also claims this is the longest contract negotiations with a player he has ever experienced in his career, but is hopeful of a resolution sooner rather than later.
“It’s probably the longest negotiations I’ve ever seen with a player,” he admitted.
“Whether we can get there in the end, I’m not sure. That’s in the chairman’s hands, not mine.”
West Ham are seventh in the Premier League after their 3-0 home victory over Hull on Sunday, while they are also looking forward to an FA Cup fourth round tie against League One Bristol City this weekend.