Arsenal legend Martin Keown isn’t convinced that reported transfer target Winston Reid is the right man for the Gunners.
Writing for the Daily Mail, Keown doesn’t believe the West Ham United centre-back will be available this month, regardless, but adds that he could well struggle to earn regular minutes at the Emirates Stadium if a deal were to materialise.
“I think Arsenal want to sign somebody in this window and he may not be available”, he said.
“He’s certainly improved since I first saw him and he’s a good player now, though I don’t think there’s a big difference between him and James Tomkins.
“If they didn’t think Tomkins was good enough, will they go for Reid? If they do, he will have to come in and play.
“Arsene Wenger expects all his players to be able to play,” he continued “But right now, unless he’s available, I don’t think it will happen.
“I’m not even sure if the player would want to leave as he will be looking for guaranteed first-team football and I’m not sure he would get that at Arsenal.”
Reid, 26, has entered the final six months of his West Ham contract and, with talks over a new deal stalling, is attracting interest from the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, according to Sky Sports.
A report from the Daily Mirror claimed this week that the defender is set on a move to Arsenal, but his subsequent response on his official Twitter account appeared to quash those suggestions.
Whoever Wrote that story of me today is not true. Well done— Winston Reid (@WinstonReid2) January 20, 2015
The New Zealand international later added on the club’s official website: “People often ask me whether January is a strange month for footballers because of the transfer window and gossip - to be honest as players we don't really notice it that much.”
Nevertheless, as long as Reid continues to hold off on committing long-term to the Hammers, speculation surrounding his future will continue.
The All Whites skipper has made 127 total appearances for the club since arriving from Danish Superliga club FC Midtjylland in August 2010 for £3.7 million, but one has to wonder how many more times he will turn out in the claret and blue strip.