West Ham owner comments on chance of Winston Reid signing contract extension

Winston Reid and Libor Kozak

David Sullivan believes West Ham have little chance in keeping Winston Reid at the Boleyn Ground.

Reid’s contract expires in June, and West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has told the Standard that there is only a small chance of agreeing a new deal with the in-demand centre-back.

The Daily Mail and the Mirror have published stories indicating interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal respectively in recent weeks, whilst Manchester United have also been tracking his availability, as reported by Sky Sports.

The New Zealand international has been enjoying an impressive season for the Hammers, who themselves have been exceeding expectations to be within a chance of securing a finish in the European qualification places come the end of the season.

He has made 21 appearances in the Premier League this term, and he is looking like a bargain signing having moved to West Ham for £3.7 million in 2010. Even if he is destined to leave the Boleyn Ground in the summer, the Hammers would like to sign him to a new deal so as to force any interested parties into spending a sizeable fee - rather than losing him on a free transfer in the summer.

The 26-year-old has not shown any indication that he intends to sign a new deal - as mentioned in both reports - and West Ham co-owner David Sullivan is only ’30% confident’ that he will sign a new deal with the Hammers.

Speaking to the Standard, Sullivan said: “We wouldn’t let Winston go unless it is a silly deal and I don’t think anyone would pay the money we want.

“I still believe there is a 30 per cent chance he will stay. He tells us he still hasn’t made up his mind and we want him to stay.”

Although Sullivan has claimed that they would not let Reid leave unless a ‘silly deal’ was offered to the club, the Hammers will have no say in his departure if he refuses to sign a new deal, with his contract expiring in the summer. Should he delay on signing a contract extension, any number of clubs will be able to approach him ahead of a free transfer, and he could believe that any interested parties could offer him a brighter future than that which he thinks he will experience with West Ham.

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