West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce admits he doesn’t know if Winston Reid wants to stay at the club, as contract talks with the centre-back continue to run on.
Reid, 26, has entered the final season of his deal at Upton Park, and the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United are understood to be keeping tabs on the situation in preparation for a potential approach in the coming transfer window.
The Gunners were even said to have made a late bid for the New Zealand captain at the summer deadline and Allardyce concedes that the money will be a big factor in negotiations.
“It is an ongoing negotiation with the chairman,” he told Sky Sports News HQ ahead of the Hammers trip to Everton this weekend.
“We want him to stay at the club, he’s a great player who has done fantastically well for us.
“The chairman will notify me one way or the other when those negotiations are exhausted and if that comes in the next week or two, then we will know if he has decided to stay or not.
“I think at the moment he is very comfortable here but, like everything else these days, I think it is about the money.”
Reid has played 116 games for West Ham since arriving from Danish club FC Midtjylland in August 2010, following an impressive World Cup campaign, and was named Hammer of the Year for the 2012-13 season after helping the side to a 10th-place finish in their top-flight return.
With Arsenal and United both needing help at the back, he could have proven a solid, low-cost addition, but it remains to be seen whether he will indeed opt for a move in the coming months.