All White Winston Reid linked to Arsenal – again

SAM WORTHINGTON
Last updated 05:00 27/08/2014
Winston Reid
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ON THE MOVE?: All Whites and West Ham defender Winston Reid continues to be linked with a move to Arsenal.

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All Whites and West Ham defender Winston Reid continues to be linked with a move to glamour London rivals Arsenal as the English Premier League transfer window ahead of its close on September 1.

Stacked with attacking firepower, Arsenal have visions of winning the 2014-15 title but are desperate to find a quality centre back to replace Belgian Thomas Vermaelen, who joined Barcelona on a £15 million (NZ$29.8m) deal earlier this month.

The British media continues to speculate that man may well be Reid, the 26-year-old New Zealander who has established himself as a mainstay of West Ham's defence since his arrival in 2010.

The Telegraph reported yesterday that, after seemingly losing out to Roma in their attempt to sign Greece international Kostas Manolas, Arsenal may turn their attention to Reid.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has German World Cup winner Per Mertesacker to lead his defence but Laurent Koscielny and the inexperienced Calum Chambers are the only other centre backs in his first-team squad.

The Times reported that Wenger was now pushing for Reid, who is in the final year of his contract with the Hammers, and hoped to tempt West Ham into doing a deal for about £8 million.

After a nightmare pre-season tour of New Zealand, in which they lost to A-League clubs Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC, West Ham have made a solid start to the season.

The Hammers lost 1-0 to early league leaders Tottenham Hotspur in their season opener before dispatching lowly Crystal Palace 3-1 on Sunday to sit eighth on the ladder.

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