Winston Reid signs new long-term deal at West Ham United

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West Ham United fans will be celebrating on Thursday.

New Zealand international Winston Reid, 26, was out of contract at Upton Park this summer but has agreed to a new six-and-a-half-year deal with the Hammers.

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Reid was reportedly being courted by the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, but he has decided to commit his future to West Ham after spending the last five years in east London.

Speaking to the clubs official website, Reid was delighted with his new deal:

“At the end of the day, for myself I feel comfortable here,” Reid explained. “I was speaking with the Joint-Chairman David Sullivan and everybody and felt like I was valued here. He was clearly very committed to getting the deal done and keeping me at the Club, so I’d like to thank him for that and I’m delighted to sign for the next six years.

“My family are happy living here too. We’ve been part of the Club living in London, so we weighed all the factors up and I’m delighted to be staying here.”

With the Hammers moving into a brand new 54,000 capacity home at London’s Olympic stadium in 2016 an exciting future lies in store for the club who started the 2014-15 superbly but have faltered in recent weeks. Reid has played 25 times for the Hammers this season and has averaged one tackle per game and 8.9 clearances as West Ham have conceded 34 goals in 28 outings.

Signing Reid to a long-term deal means the Hammers have a highly talented defender on hand for the foreseeable future, as the speculation about his future is done and dusted as Reid will be an Iron for over a decade if he sees out new contract.