Skysports.com is reporting today that out-of-contract West Ham United winger Kyle Reid is being targeted by a number of clubs, and those are said to include Newcastle United.
Kyle Reid celebrates with Carlton Cole after scoring
The goal was against MLS side Columbus Crew last summer
21 year old Reid, who stands 5’11” tall, is available on a free transfer after his previous contract with West Ham United will expired at the end of June.
There are a number of sides said to be tracking the promising youngster, who has played for the England Youth sides U17 (11 times), U18 (15 times one goal), and U19 (14 times one goal).
The South London born youngster is said to be tracked by Wolves, Birmingham, Burnley, Middlesbrough, West Brom and Newcastle. Reid joined West Ham United in July of 2004, when he was 16 and is a product of the West Ham United academy system.
Kyle made his full debut for the club in a 1-0 away win over West Bromwich Albion in May of 2006 and made a second appearance against Spurs later in the same month. He joined Barnsley in November 2006 on an initial one-month loan, which was extended to the end of the season, and he made a total of 26 appearances, scoring two goals.
Reid then returned to West Ham for the start of the 2007–08 season, making four league and cup appearances, before joining Crystal Palace on loan in March 2008. On 27 November 2008, Reid signed on loan with Blackpool, and made his debut two days later in the Seasiders’ 2-1 victory over Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.
Following Blackpool’s 0-0 draw at Nottingham Forest on 13 December, two days later he was named by the Football League in the Championship “Team Of The Week”. At the end of his loan spell, on 30 December, Reid returned to West Ham.
On 15 January 2009, Reid joined Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan for the remainder of the season, making his debut on 24 January 2009, in a FA Cup 4th Round tie against Middlesbrough.
Reid’s first and only goal for Wolves came in a 1-1 draw at Barnsley on 25 April 2009; a goal which secured the the 2008-09 championship title for Wolves. It’s little wonder that Wolves would like to sign him on permanently ands they may have the advantage over the other clubs.
Reid signed professional terms with the Hammers in 2005, and as we said previously his contact will not be extended by the West Ham club.
This is much more interesting stuff to be reporting on at Newcastle, and the sooner Ashley gets Shearer in, who can make some moves for these players, the better off the club will be, and the better off Ashley will be too.
So it’s a win-win if only Ashley will act, and give the club and the faithful Newcastle fans a break.
Right now if we are indeed interested, we have no idea who would be doing the work to try to get the player to the Tyneside club, and of course the longer this lasts the more players who may have been Newcastle targets will have already moved on.