West Ham United are considering cancelling Winston Reid’s contract after failing to offload him during the summer transfer window…
That’s according to Football Insider, who claim that the Irons are thinking about offering the 33-year-old centre-back a pay-off to leave the club.
Reid still has two years to run on his current £70k-per-week contract, so the Hammers’ hierarchy are now ready to explore extreme measures to get him off the wage bill.
The New Zealand international would be owed around £7m but a final fee could fall just short of that.
Reid has not played for West Ham since March 2018, when he picked up a serious knee injury that has seemingly put pay to his career at an elite level.
Since then, he’s been shipped out on loan to MLS outfit Sporting Kansas and Brentford, who were promoted from the Championship last season, but a total of 23 appearances combined across those teams have failed to provide much encouragement.
It’s thought that the east Londoners struggled to find him another loan, even despite offering to pay the majority of his wages, so now David Moyes and co are left with a player that’s on a huge salary, yet is unlikely to feature at all this campaign.
The Irons continue to pay the price for the absurd decision to tie him down to a six-year deal in 2017 but after 223 appearances, he must not be allowed to make another and should be offloaded.
It has been 183 weeks since Reid last donned a claret and blue shirt and in that timeframe, he has earned a whopping £12.8m without kicking a ball in a competitive fixture for the club.
That could double if he’s allowed to see out his contract through to his 35th birthday, so to avoid a calamitous situation, it’s time to pay him off and move on.
Reid is stealing wage right from GSB’s pockets. It’s time to put an end to it.