West Ham United backed manager Sam Allardyce in the transfer market this summer, and so far, their faith has been repaid. With three wins from the first six games of the season, West Ham sit in seventh place in the Premier League table, and new signings such as Aaron Cresswell, Alex Song, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia have played key roles in their impressive start.
However, the success of the Hammers has opened up many people's eyes to the considerable talents of defender Winston Reid. The centre back, who shot to fame with a goal for New Zealand at the 2010 World Cup, has been one of West Ham's most consistent performers over the last 18 months, and his great displays haven't gone unnoticed.
Contract extension talks are believed to hinge on Reid being paid more money, and with rumours over his future mounting, Allardyce admits he is concerned.
"It is not only a concern for me, but it is a concern for the owners," said Allardyce. "There's been talk about Winston and his contract for a pretty long period now which is obviously not my responsibility."
"But hopefully, sooner rather than later, that will come to a conclusion and a positive one. I can only hope that is going to be a positive result in the end."
"It's not that he doesn't want to stay. It's about the financial remuneration and whether they can come to the right level and right give or take or negotiation that gets us to a point where he will say, 'Yes'. That's always the hard bit today," he added.If we could tie him up tomorrow then I think the owners, particularly, and myself would like that and not have it lingering. It's always a difficult negotiation."