West Ham announced yesterday that Reid had signed a new long term deal with the club, which takes him through to 2021 with the Hammers.
“I think it’s a great deal for the club – he could have slotted in and done a job at Arsenal, Manchester United or Tottenham and it’s another coup for Sam Allardyce,” said Hartson.
West Ham have made a big commitment to the New Zealand international and regardless of the debate over whether he’d have been good enough at any of the club’s mentioned, the Hammers are better with him than without him.
Manager Sam Allardyce admitted as recently as earlier this week, as reported by Sky Sports, that he didn’t know whether Reid would be staying at the club.
Reid’s development into a solid Premier League performer is largely down to the way he has been handled since Allardyce has been in charge. It could be a big indication that Allardyce will be at the club next season.
However, even if the boss doesn’t extend his own contract with the Hammers, Reid’s deal means the club has a strong and experienced player in the middle of the back four around which any coach can assemble a defence.
It’s a good piece of news for the Hammers and if any of the clubs Hartson mentioned were interested, it’s back to the drawing board.