In Focus: West Ham not interested in selling Reid

According to the London Evening Standard, West Ham United are not prepared to sell centre-back Winston Reid in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

At the weekend, it was claimed that Everton boss Ronald Koeman was lining up a £9m bid for New Zealand international Reid ahead of the new campaign.

Everton are believed to be in the market for a new centre-back due to Ramiro Funes Mori recently undergoing knee surgery, and Reid, who has just returned to training following a shin problem, had been linked with a transfer to Goodison Park.

However, according to the London Evening Standard, West Ham are not interested in selling the 29-year-old amid talk of an £9m bid from the Toffees.

It had been suggested that the Hammers were open to offers for a player that is under contract until the summer of 2021, although that no longer appears to be the case.

Are West Ham right to keep him?

If Everton, as reported, value Reid in the region of £9m, then West Ham have every right to laugh off the interest.

Transfer fees are at an all-time high, and at the age of 29, Reid still has a lot of football ahead of him.

He has made just over 200 appearances for West Ham since joining the Hammers from FC Midtjylland in 2010, and has been an ever-present during the club’s last five Premier League seasons.

Reid has made 30 or more appearances for his English club in each of the last three campaigns, meanwhile, and it is difficult to see Slaven Bilic being handed the funds to replace the 20-time New Zealand international if he did move on this summer.

West Ham have made some exciting signings in this summer’s transfer window, especially in the final third, but there is no question that Reid is absolutely vital to the club’s chances of pushing up the Premier League table next season.