Arsenal linked defender offered new Hammers deal to ward off suitors

The All Whites defender is a favourite at Upton Park, and the club have plans in place to keep hold of him.

As one of West Ham United's key players and top performers, Winston Reid was never likely to be easy pickings for clubs in the top quarter of the Premier League, even if he was on the radar of many of them.

And the Hammers have moved to ward off interested parties by offering an extension to a deal set to expire next summer. It proves that amidst Sam Allardyce's plan to improve the first team squad, there is real desire to tie down those special players already at the club.

Sky Sports claims that Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been keeping tabs on the New Zealand international, with the Hammers' two London rivals most closely linked to the 26-year-old.

Reid was on Tottenham's shortlist on the advice of former head coach Tim Sherwood before he departed his job, while Arsene Wenger has long been an admirer, and may be looking to replace Thomas Vermaelen before the season begins if the Belgian moves to Manchester United.

The defender won the club's player of the year in 2013, and enjoyed another superb season last season, despite making just 22 appearances as he missed a three month period either side of Christmas with an ankle injury.

He may well be looking for a bumper pay rise considering the wages West Ham are allegedley forking out for  Andy Carroll and new signing Enner Valencia, and an offer is reportedly on the table as the Hammers look to extend his deal before the season begins.

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