Arsenal are reportedly mulling over a move for West Ham United defender Winston Reid in the January transfer window.
The Gunners are in the midst of an injury crisis at the back and travelled to Sunderland on Saturday boasting only a handful of fit defenders.
In a report by the Mirror, West Ham centre-back Reid has caught Arsene Wenger’s eye as a result of a number of excellent performances.
“Arsenal are still in the hunt for West Ham dender Winston Reid. The Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger is desperate for a centre-half in January and 26-year-old Reid is on their list of potential targets.” The report states.
Wenger is said to have sent scouts to watch him in recent weeks and with Reid being out of contract next summer, a cut-price January bid could prove a viable option for the Emirates outfit.
The potential move certainly raises a number of questions and here are a few supporters on both sides might want to know.
What sort of price would West Ham United be asking?
New Zealand skipper Reid has been a key figure for the Hammer this season, playing all nine Premier League matches this campaign.
The 26-year-old is rated at £4.75 million by transfermarkt.com but it could take more than that to prise him away due to his importance to the first team.
Is Winston Reid the only viable option for Arsenal?
While there are a number of players out there who could possibly do a job for Wenger’s side, signing Reid for cut-price deal would undoubtedly be a shrewd piece of business.
Another option for the Gunners however is Celtic’s highly-rated centre-back Virgil van Dijk, thought to be worth around the £8 million mark.
The Dutch defender has been tipped for big things in the future, though his inexperience at the top level gives Reid an advantage.
How does Reid compare to Arsenal’s other centre-backs?
|Position||Team||Tackles Won GAME||Interceptions Won GAME||Effective Clearances GAME||Errors Leading To Shots GAME||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Winston Reid||DF||West Ham||1||1.44||9.89||0||9||810|
According to the table provided by Opta Stats, one could suggest that he has done fairly well in comparison to the Gunners’ current central defenders.
What Reid has lacked in terms of tackles won and interceptions completed per game, he has certainly made up in effective clearances as he comes out on top with a whopping average of 9.89 per match.
Here is a look at how fans reacted to the report:
Winston Reid is a proper centre-back. #AFC could do much worse.— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) octubre 25, 2014