Winston Reid of West Ham is still only 26 years old, but he has already played 113 times with 7 goals for the Hammers since joining them in August of 2010 from Danish club Danish Superliga club FC Midtjylland.
Winston Reid – could become free agent next summer
Newcastle must strengthen the defense in January and next summer, and here is an experienced player who is still relatively young at 26, and he has yet to sign a contract extension at West Ham, and could become a free agent next summer.
The 6’3″ center-back was born in Auckland, New Zealand and started his career in Denmark after moving there when he was just 10 years old with his mother and Danish step-father.
He obtained a Danish passport back in 2006, and played for the Danish U19.U20 and U21 sides while at FC Midtjylland, before moving to West Ham and electing to play for New Zealand, which he now captains.
Reid signed for West Ham in August 2010, and he has built up a lot of experience playing English football.
We know that Newcastle have a roster of who is available as free agents about two years out – so we wonder if this powerful player is on Newcastle’s radar?
West Ham are trying hard to tie him up to a new deal, and Sam Allardyce said this about Reid’s contract situation last week:
“It is not only a concern for me, it is also a concern for the owners,” “There has been talk around Winston and his contract for a pretty long period now.”
“It is not my responsibility, but sooner or later that will come to a conclusion and hopefully that will be a positive result for us.”
“At the end of the day, it is not that he doesn’t want to stay, it is all about whether they can come to the right level in negotiations so that he says yes.”
“I think the owners and myself would like to tie it up and not have it lingering, but it is always a very difficult negotiation.”
Alan Pardew has often said how he would like to sign players already experienced in the Premier League, and here seems a good candidate, and center-back is not a strength for Newcastle these days.
The Magpies could bid for the player in January, but it’s unlikely West Ham would be willing to let him go half way through the season, although if he has still not signed a new deal they would get something for him, rather than nothing next summer.
Newcastle could become very interested in signing the New Zealand captain, if he does become a free agent next summer.
What do you think?
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