Soccer: Reid zips lip over possible signing

By Terry Maddaford

The rumours continue to circle over the likely future of young All Whites defender Winston Reid.

While Reid is staying mum on the subject there have been strong suggestions he might be headed for English Premier League club West Ham United and could sign within 24 hours.

The transfer window does not close until August 31 but suggestions yesterday were that Reid has only to agree personal terms and pass the mandatory medical to join the London club from his current Danish club FC Midtjylland for whom he has made 83 appearances.

Reid is still listed in the Midtjylland squad list but his name appears among the players listed by football agents Euro Connections ApS with a current market value of around $3 million.

Since his standout performances at the World Cup including scoring the dramatic last-minute equaliser against Slovakia in the All Whites' opening match, Reid has been the subject of many transfer rumours, with other EPL clubs Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers also mentioned.

He was also touted as being a target of at least three Serie A clubs in Italy but so far no firm offers have eventuated.

All Whites assistant coach Brian Turner, who worked closely with the players during the World Cup campaign, is unaware of any approaches to Reid from West Ham.

While a number of All Whites were touted as likely targets after the World Cup, only Shane Smeltz, who was very briefly in China before returning to A-League club Gold Coast United, Ivan Vicelich, who has signed a short-term deal in China, and Chris Killen, who has gone to China on a two-year contract, have moved on.

- NZ Herald

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