Why West Ham should target Chelsea defender as Reid's replacement this summer

West Ham United should be attempt to buy Chelsea's Gary Cahill at the next available opportunity.

With West Ham United beginning to plan for life without Winston Reid, they should be considering the possibility of making a summer swoop for Chelsea defender Gary Cahill. 

Reid's contract expires this summer and it seems that he is set to depart the Boleyn Stadium on a free transfer, with the central defender reluctant to commit his future. 

Replacing the New Zealand international looks set to be a tough task for Sam Allardyce, but if the Hammers really want to make a statement of their intentions then they should go all out to bring in Cahill.

The England international is said to be fighting for his future at Stamford Bridge by the Daily Mail and he looks to have dropped out of starting contention in Jose Mourinho's line-up. 

Kurt Zouma appears to be Chelsea's preferred choice at the heart of their defence and it means that a summer transfer could be on the cards for Cahill. 

With West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan recently stating in the London Evening Standard that they want to sign world-class players in upcoming transfer windows, signing Cahill would be a good way to indicate how ambitious they are. 

Sam Allardyce will have a tough test finding a player of similar quality to Reid on a small budget, but Cahill would be a transfer almost guaranteed to be a success.

He has experience, ability and Premier League knowhow and if West Ham want to push on to the next level he is the sort of player they should be looking to attract. 

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