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Five Premier League destinations for West Ham defender Winston Reid

| 05.01.2015

West Ham United, 4/1 chances with Coral for a top six finish this term, have pretty much given up on trying to get New Zealand centre back Winston Reid tied down to a new deal.

“It’s highly unlikely Winston is going to sign for us based on what people have said to me,” said Hammers boss Sam Allardyce. “There is no future for Winston Reid at West Ham at the moment as his contract finishes on 30 June.

“He hasn’t said he is or isn’t going to sign. You would err on the back that he isn’t, by the feel and look of it, at this moment in time.”

So this has got Coral’s football experts thinking about what Reid’s next club might be? Arsenal are consistently linked with him, so that is one of five mooted destinations we came up with…

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is short of natural options at centre back. Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker are the club’s only two senior players in that position. At 26, Reid is entering his prime and would slot straight into the Arsenal XI if a winter window move materialises.

The Anfield defence has been a shambles under Brendan Rodgers this season. If the Reds, 13/2 for a top four finish, are serious about getting Champions League football for next term, then they could do to strengthen their leaky rearguard. Dejan Lovren has flopped, while Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure are paceless wonders. Reid offers something different to existing options.

Ronald Koeman could do with some defensive cover. Japan international Maya Yoshida is away on international duty, while Toby Alderweireld’s loan move from Atletico Madrid may not be permanent. Saints are 11/4 for a top four finish, and have been impressive defensively, but Reid looks like a great long-term replacement for club captain Jose Fonte.

Roberto Martinez is struggling in his second season at Goodison Park, and the problems are largely at the back. Sylvain Distin may have been a faithful servant, but his career is reaching the end. Toffees skipper Phil Jagielka has suffered from a loss of form, while there are fitness doubts over Antolin Alcaraz and John Stones. Reid could make a real difference in Everton shutting up shop.

This may look like a step down, but Hoops boss Harry Redknapp needs to look at defensive recruitment. Veteran trio Richard Dunne, Clint Hill and Rio Ferdinand are in their twilight years, so pairing Reid with Steven Caulker could be a masterstroke. QPR are known for offering big contracts to attract names to Loftus Road, and a move for the Kiwi would bolster their bid to stave off relegation (13/8).



Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.