West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has said that only an offer of £20 million would make him sell defender Winston Reid in the January transfer window.
New Zealand international centre-back Reid has been linked with a move to Arsenal, who are supposedly looking for defensive options.
"He isn't going anywhere," Sky Sports quotes Allardyce as saying. "He is not going anywhere unless someone bids £20m or something like that. There is obviously not a lot I can do about that.
"If somebody flirts around with a measly offer because he is in the last year of his contract, we would make more money by keeping him and finishing where we are in the league than selling him and putting our good season in jeopardy."
Allardyce seems quite assertive about Reid, and the message is clear: pay £20m or don’t bother at all.
£20m is quite a lot of money, and given the way Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger does his transfer business, one suspects that he may not be willing to splash that much cash in the middle of the season.
Moreover, one wonders why the Gunners would bother to spend that much for a player they could get on a free next summer.
Are Arsenal really that desperate for a centre-back?