Report: West Ham's Winston Reid set for buyout clause of more than £20m

West Ham United's Winston Reid scores their first goal

West Ham United are keen to protect Winston Reid, one of their prize assets.

West Ham United's Winston Reid in action with FC Astra Giurgiu's Florin LovinWinston Reid is currently injured

West Ham defender Winston Reid will have a buyout clause in excess of £20 million if he signs a new contract, it has been reported.

The Sun claims that the Hammers will offer him a fresh deal at the end of the season in an effort to ward off suitors.

As well as the buyout clause of more than £20 million, the New Zealand international will also be rewarded with £70,000-a-week wages, it says.

He signed a six-and-a-half year deal two years ago, meaning he’s already under West Ham’s control until 2021, so it’s very possible that the new terms won’t amount to a contract extension.

Reid has again impressed this season and been West Ham’s most convincing defender, and with January signing Jose Fonte having had an inauspicious start to life at the London Stadium he's more important than ever.

West Ham United's Winston Reid scores their first goalReid scores a 94th-minute winner for West Ham against Sunderland

Arsenal were heavily linked with a move for the 28-year-old two years ago, and with quality centre-backs hard to come by it’s not unlikely that he is still on their radar or that of other clubs with big budgets.

Meanwhile in the same report it’s said another Irons star, Michail Antonio, will also be presented with a bumper new deal when the season draws to a close as the club looks hold onto its best players.

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