Winston Reid's new contract, a smart business move from West Ham

Winston Reid and Libor Kozak

Reid signed a new deal at the club after a lot of speculation linked him with a move away.

West Ham United defender Winston Reid sign a new six-and-a-half year deal with the club yesterday, some turnaround from the early stages of the season. 

The New Zealander has been an impressive member of the side, and with his contract due to expire in the summer, there was inevitably going to be some sort of speculation regarding his future, with Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool all among the names linked with the player.

It's an incredible saga involving the 26-year-old, with Sam Allardyce saying earlier on in the season that he felt Reid was getting ever closer to the exit door.

Reid said on signing his contract that he and his family part of the club living in London, when the two clubs he was strongly linked to are also in the capital.

There was also the sense of feeling valued, and tying him down to a deal as long as six-and-a-half years, in essence his best years provides ample security for West Ham going forward.

It's a smart business move from the hierachy at the club. If Reid continues to impress, there is little doubt he is going to attract interest from elsewhere in the future.

But one of the biggest fears will have been losing Reid this summer on a free transfer, something which will have almost been seen as criminal. But with the Olympic Stadium move on the horizon, there is the hope that West Ham's profile as a club will grow even further - and the hope of keeping their most sought after players at the club.

However, the length of the deal now means that if any speculation around the player were to materialise, it would at least take a significant fee to secure his services. West Ham have shown how much they value the player, but it does feel as if they've tied him to such a long deal to ensure they get a significant transfer fee when an attractive proposition comes knocking from elsewhere.

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