West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has suggested that Winston Reid may have already agreed to join one of the club’s Premier League rivals.
Recent reports suggest the Hammers have slapped a £7 million price tag on the head of the New Zealand international, with a fee between clubs potentially the only thing left to agree.
“It might have nothing to do with the two clubs directly, it could be between two agents, so how can you relate that to the football clubs? You can't, so it can all get done that way,” said the Hammers boss.
“If he is not going to sign a contract here, I would find it highly unlikely if it is not already verbally done.”
It’s an unfortunate aspect of the modern game that a deal could effectively happen behind the back of a manager, but Allardyce has been very open in his admission that he doesn’t think Reid will be staying at the club.
Reports have suggested that the Hammers have been willing to make a number of concessions to get him to sign on the dotted line of a new contract, but he seems to have already made his mind up.
Who the Premier League side could be that Allardyce hints at is unclear, but if the Hammers get £7 million to reinvest then the bitter pill of agents having worked out a deal will be a little easier to digest.