Allardyce says coveted defender Reid likely to leave West Ham

West Ham defender Winston Reid has been linked with both Arsenal and Manchester United.

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Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Winston Reid will almost certainly leave West Ham when his contract expires at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old central defender is free to talk to clubs about a pre-contract agreement amid speculation Arsenal and Manchester United are interested in signing the New Zealand international as a free agent in the summer.

Reid moved to West Ham from Denmark’s FC Midtjylland in August 2010 for an undisclosed fee and has gone on to make more than 100 appearances for the Hammers, scoring seven times.

Irons manager Allardyce said: "There is no future for Winston Reid at West Ham United at the moment. The only future for Winston at the moment is his contract finishes on 30 June. 

"He hasn’t said that he is going to sign, he hasn’t said that he is or he isn’t but you’d err on (the side) that he isn’t by the look of it.

"I would say it’s highly unlikely that Winston is going to sign (again) for us based on what people are saying to me."

Born in Auckland, Reid moved to Denmark at the age of 10, representing the Scandinavian nation at Under 19, U20 and U21 levels before switching international allegiance to the country of his birth in early 2010.

He started all three of New Zealand’s matches at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, scoring in the 1-1 draw with Slovakia as the All Whites exited the tournament at the group stage.

Reid has won 18 caps, scoring once for his country.