The long ongoing Winston Reid ‘will he, won’t he’ contract saga appears to be drawing to a conclusion with a meeting scheduled next week with the club and Reids advisors, and Sam Allardyce has stressed that he and the owners are very much hoping a deal can be reached.
Winston Reid however is very much in danger of losing the support of the fans if the issue is not resolved, as it appears very apparent that the player is seeking a move – even though the manager has stressed that isn’t the case.
“It’s an on-going negotiation between David Sullivan and Winston’s representatives and if somewhere along the line, we can find some common ground, then I hope he will put pen to paper,” said Allardyce.
“It’s not that he doesn’t want to stay. It’s about the financial remuneration and whether they can come to the right level and right give or take or negotiation that gets us to a point where he will say, ‘Yes’. That’s always the hard bit today.
“If we could tie him up tomorrow then I think the owners, particularly, and myself would like that and not have it lingering. It’s always a difficult negotiation.”
It is widely believed that the offer on the table is a 5 year deal that would see Reid earn a whopping £60k a week. This has been on the table now for over 3 months, and Reids advisors have told the club they are no ‘no hurry’ to discuss.
It’s a situation that all connected with the club want to see resolved, and hopefully next week will bring some positive news. If however a deal cannot be reached, then it is time the club focused on looking at bringing in a replacement.
Reid is expected to start in tomorrow’s Premier League fixture at Burnley.