By West Brom News speaking to Kevin Phillips

21st Dec, 2020 | 4:05pm

Phillips Exclusive: West Brom tipped to pursue £70,000-a-wk West Ham senior player in January

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West Brom manager Sam Allardyce could pursue a deal to sign Winston Reid from West Ham in January, according to Kevin Phillips.

Reid, 32, is set to return to the London Stadium after MLS side Sporting Kansas City opted against signing the centre-back on a permanent basis after his loan spell ended in the States.

The Kansas City Star reported earlier this month that Reid earns £70,000-a-week on his contract at West Ham and that has played a huge role in the Missouri club not pushing forward with a permanent deal.

Phillips now claims that West Brom could make a move for the 25-times New Zealand international next month now that Allardyce is in charge at The Hawthorns.

“Winston Reid is a name who springs to mind when I think of West Brom,” Phillips told West Brom News.

“Maybe Sam might look at that situation in January. He is a player that he knows well. He played under Sam in the play-off final when I was at Blackpool so he knows he would trust him.”

Reid was a key player for West Ham when Allardyce arrived at Upton Park in 2011, helping the London club win promotion from the Championship via the play-offs.

He’s made 223 appearances in all competitions for the Hammers with 167 of them coming in the Premier League.

However, Reid hasn’t played in the Premier League since March 2018 due to a serious knee injury and his loan move to Kansas.

The 32-year-old defender also struggled to play regularly in the MLS for Kansas and managed just 12 appearances in all competitions for them in 2020.

Reid is a very experienced defender but it’s not like West Brom don’t have that already in Branislav Ivanovic.

While Ivanovic hasn’t done great since his arrival at The Hawthorns, at least he has stayed fit and we have major concerns about Reid being able to do that at the Baggies.

In other West Brom news, Stan Collymore has reacted to Allardyce’s admission about Wolves in his first Albion press conference.

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