Report: Arsenal-linked Winston Reid speaks out on West Ham future

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Winston Reid has stressed that he is 100% committed to West Ham United at this moment in time, despite reports of Arsenal's interest.

West Ham United centre-back Winston Reid has moved to hush the ongoing speculation surrounding his future, insisting in his column for Fanbookz that he is still to decide where his future lies.

Reid, 26, has entered the final six months of his contract at Upton Park and, with talks over a new deal stalling, is reported to be attracting interest from the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Arsenal were even said to have made a failed bid for the New Zealand captain before the summer deadline but, with the club said to be preparing another approach in the coming weeks, a move isn’t something which appears to be on his mind.

“Lots has been said about my future at West Ham over the past couple of months,” he wrote. “The most important thing to say is that I haven’t decided on anything I’m going to do in the future yet and that’s the end of it.

“As a player I’ll always give 100% for the club and I’ve always tried to do my best, and even though nothing has been agreed with the club yet I’ll still continue to play that way. Issues going on in the background are just a part of life and I’ll try to not let that affect my game.

“You can’t do anything but get on with your day-to-day life and just do the business on the pitch,” he continued. “It’s a busy period and the media will write all sorts of stuff but the bottom line is I haven’t decided anything yet and I’m focussed on getting West Ham as high up the league as possible.”

Reid has made 126 total appearances 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 club to a 10th-place finish in their top-flight return.

With the Hammers sitting seventh in the table at present, manager Sam Allardyce has reiterated his desire to keep his star defender around until at least the end of the season, but has acknowledged that it might not be his decision.

“There’s no choice for me, he stays - that’s it. If somebody makes a big offer then obviously the chairman decides, but for me he’s staying,” he told Sky Sports.

“The chairman decides whether the money is big enough, but for me he stays and I think that the way the club has improved, I think he will stay.”

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