Soccer: Reid nets $8.72m deal with West Ham

By Terry Maddaford with NZ Herald staff

All Whites World Cup star Winston Reid has signed a £4 million (NZ$8.72m) deal with English Premier League side West Ham, an English newspaper is reporting.

The Daily Mail says West Ham has agreed to purchase Reid from his Danish club FC Midtjylland.

The paper reports 22-year-old Reid, a Kiwi who moved to Denmark as a child after his mother married a Dane, is set to discuss personal terms with the east London club and is set to sign a contract by this weekend.

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, said yesterday he was 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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