According to reports in the Daily Mail early on Sunday morning, Everton manager Ronald Koeman could continue his summer spree by making a shock move for West Ham’s Winston Reid.
It is thought that, with defender Ramiro Funes Mori facing up to nine months on the side-lines following knee surgery, the Dutchman is contemplating whether to make a £9 million move for Reid.
The 29-year-old’s contract at the London Stadium runs until 2021 but, with the lure of playing European football at Goodison Park next year, Koeman is looking to persuade him into the switch.
Would Reid be a good addition to Goodison Park?
There aren’t many centre-backs in the top-flight that can match Reid’s wealth of Premier League experience, becoming part of the furniture at West Ham since his move from Denmark back in 2010.
The New Zealand international has made over 200 appearances across all competitions during the seven years since, leading the Hammers to the Europa League last season, and despite the signings of Jose Fonte, James Tomkins and a host of others he has always been considered the dependable one at the back.
He carries a good level of aggression to his play on the pitch – part of the reason that he’s enjoyed success at West Ham – and he takes no prisoners, standing up tall and coming across a fierce figure.
Last season alone he made an average of 12 defensive actions per Premier League match, the highest number of any of his West Ham teammates, and it just shows that having a cool-head can benefit any side.
But somewhat surprisingly he’s also incredibly quick on the turn, very rarely caught napping by opposition attackers, and his ability to mop up situations at the back makes him a good all-rounder.
The only issue with Reid is that he has a tendency to make costly individual errors all too often that eventually lose West Ham points and to challenge for the top-six Everton do not need these mistakes.
The thought of a back three including the experienced heads of Ashley Williams and Reid, accompanied by Michael Keane’s young talent and potential, does sound like a very well-balanced trio, but the Hammers will be looking to improve on last season’s showing and Reid will be central to this.