West Ham manager Sam Allardyce admits that he expects highly-rated centre-back Winston Reid to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Reid has been one of a number of star players for the Hammers in the Premier League this term, helping them to a lofty seventh place at the mid-way point.
The New Zealand international has made 20 appearances in all competitions for the east London club this season and Allardyce hopes to get more minutes out of the defender, before he’s then likely to move on in the summer.
Allardyce has spoken highly of Reid all term amid speculation that Arsenal are circling and hoping to pounce when the opportunity arises.
The former Midtjylland man joined the Premier League outfit for £3million in 2010 but his current deal will run out at the end of the campaign.
Allardyce said: “There is no future for Winston Reid at West Ham at the moment because his contract ends on June 30.
“I would say it’s highly unlikely that Winston is going to sign for us based on what people have said to me.”
Reid’s failure to agree a new deal means that he will be allowed to depart on a free at the end of the season unless West Ham can find a buyer in January.
The Hammers have already moved to sign defender Doneil Henry from Apollon Limassol since the winter transfer window opened.
West Ham can be backed at 2.99 to claim victory when they travel away to take on Swansea who are available at 2.28 to win the Premier League meeting on January 10.