Karren Brady on Winston Reid signing a new contract at West Ham United

Winston Reid and Libor Kozak

Winston Reid signed a new contract with West Ham United earlier this week.

West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has admitted her relief in The Sun at Winston Reid signing a new contract earlier week.

The New Zealand international defender signed a six-and-a-half-year deal with the Hammers, as confirmed on the club’s official website.

Reid’s original contract was due to run out at the end of the season, and Premier League duo Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur were both interested in the centre-back, according to The Sun.

Brady has conceded her relief at Reid finally put pen to paper on a new contract, and credits club co-chairman David Sullivan for making the deal happen.

“Winston Reid helps lift the mood around the Boleyn Ground by signing a new 6½-year contract,” Brady wrote in her football diary in The Sun.

“It feels as though negotiations have been going on for nearly that long, so I must credit my chairman David Sullivan who has played a leading role in seeing the Kiwi captain put pen to paper despite interest from other top teams.

“It is a good deal for Winston and a great deal for West Ham as we continue building a side fit to grace our stunning new home next year in the Olympic Stadium.”

Good move for both club and player

Reid is rated as one of the better centre-backs in the Premier League, and him remaining at West Ham for the foreseeable future is certainly a boost to the club.

The London outfit are having a good season in the English top-flight and have ambition of playing European football in the coming years.

Keeping hold of a key player is a statement of intent from West Ham, and Reid gets to represent an ambitious club where he is guaranteed playing time.

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