Plans are in the works at Arsenal for a January move to bring Winston Reid to the Emirates, with the club now ready to settle the £5m required, according to reports.
The 26-year old West Ham defender has been widely rumoured as one of Arsene Wenger’s priority targets as far as defensive reinforcement in the coming transfer window is concerned. The New Zealand captain has been in outstanding form for Sam Allardyce’s charges this term, attracting the interest of top sides in the League including Liverpool and Manchester United.
Arsenal’s defensive crisis this season has required that Wenger make a desperate but concrete dabble into the market when it opens on January 1, with Reid now appearing to be the most realistic resort with doubts surrounding the possibilities of moves for Mats Hummels and Virgil van Dijk.
Arsene Wenger needs to sign a defender in January and by all indications, he is ready to do so. Top quality, experience, good value for a frugal sum and patience are the qualities he’ll be looking out for and there won’t be many defenders available to him January with all those in one pretty trinket than West Ham’s Winston Reid.
A defender of recognized Premier League quality is what we need and that is what Winston Reid is, having formed the bed of rock of Sam Allardyce team this season who have assumed a tough-to-beat status. Not just is he a Premier League defender but being the captain of his National team, he is a natural leader and the absence of a voice has cost us at times.
At just 26, Reid has racked up over a century of Premier League caps for West Ham since his debut in 2010 and certainly knows what the League is all about. Having followed the hammers to the Championship following their relegation in 2011, Reid played his part to see that they came straight back to the top flight at the first time of asking and as such, has the experience of the varying dynamics of English Football.
Another advantage of going for Reid would be that the wage bill won’t suffer a big hit either as his £60,000-a-week package won’t pose a problem for us.
It is fair to say that Wenger won’t easily tinker with Mertesacker and Koscielny’s partnership in central defence and will probably be looking for someone who will be happy to play when one of them is not available. It will be nice to get Hummels and that will mean scraping that thought and see him walk straight into the team, or get someone who will have the patience to let either one of them slip.
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