Sam Allardyce has warned rival clubs that Winston Reid will not be allowed to leave on the cheap this January even though his current contract expires this summer.
The speculation surrounding Reids future has been ongoing for months, but Allardyce is still hopeful the New Zealand international will commit his future to West Ham.
If however Reid is to be let go this January, Allardyce has said it will take a bid in the region of £20m to secure his services, as the club are simply not prepared to allow Reid to depart on the cheap and jeopardise what could be a very special season.
When asked about the future of Reid, Allardyce snapped “He isn’t going anywhere!
”He is not going anywhere unless someone bids 20 million pounds or something like that. There is obviously not a lot I can do about that.
“If somebody flirts around with a measly offer because he is in the last year of his contract, we would make more money by keeping him and finishing where we are in the league than selling him and putting our good season in jeopardy.
“Because replacing him in January — replacing anybody in January — is a very difficult job indeed.”