West Ham star in ‘no hurry’ to commit amid Liverpool talk

West Ham are fearful that Winston Reid may leave Upton Park for free at the end of the season with the centre-back in “no hurry” to open contract talks with the club amid interest from Liverpool.

The New Zealander has been attracting serious glances from the Reds since the summer, and with his deal due to expire at the end of the campaign, rumours of a cut-price January offer or a Bosman switch have been doing the rounds.

The Hammers are ready to present the 26-year-old with a new long-term offer, yet a club spokesman today confirmed that negotiations are not yet underway:

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“We are trying to meet his agent but he seems in no hurry to meet us.” The official told the London Evening Standard.

Reports suggest that, if signed, the new contract will make Reid one of the Londoners’ highest earners, with Sam Allardyce willing to see his importance to the first-team reflected in his pay packet.

However, should the Oceanic star reject the proposal, he may be sold in the New Year with West Ham unlikely to be keen on losing him for free next summer.

As well as Liverpool, Everton, Spurs and Arsenal have all been linked with Reid.

The former Denmark youth international joined West Ham in 2010 and has made over 100 appearances for the Irons.