It has been reported that Sam Allardyce suggests West Ham United is a big enough club to hold onto Winston Reid.
The New Zealand centre-back is out of contract with the Hammers in the summer and is being linked with a potential shift to London rivals Arsenal.
But Allardyce is of the belief that West Ham’s improvement this season has given them some bargaining power for a player who has been integral in their climb up the Premier League standings this term.
“I just hope, with us doing so well this year, looking up, and us moving into the new stadium, is there a bigger or better club around than West Ham for Winston Reid? I’m not so sure there is, you know,” Allardyce told talkSPORT.
Of the contract talks involving the All Whites skipper and Hammers officials, Allardyce added: “It’s probably the longest negotiations I’ve ever seen with a player.
“Whether we can get there in the end, I’m not sure. That’s in the chairman’s hands, not mine.”