Betting update: Everton installed strong odds favourites to sign West Ham mainstay
By Harry Sykes
Everton have been installed as the strong bookmakers’ favourites to sign West Ham mainstay Winston Reid.
Bet Victor have priced the Merseysiders at 2/1 to sign centre-back Reid before the summer transfer window shuts on 3 September.
Arsenal are next in the betting at 4/1 to land Reid, ahead of their top-four Premier League rivals Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham, who all have odds of 6/1.
Reid has been a key player for West Ham since joining from Danish club FC Midtjylland in the summer of 2010 for what has proved to be a bargain fee of £3.5million.
The New Zealand captain has made 201 appearances for the London club, 34 of which have come in what has been a difficult season for Slaven Bilic’s side.
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Reid’s commitment and consistency has made him a favourite among the West Ham faithful and he is widely regarded as the first-choice central defender at the club.
Everton are in the market for a senior centre-back this summer to provide support for current trio Ashley Williams, Ramiro Funes Mori and Phil Jagielka.
With Williams aged 32 and Jagielka 34, it is expected that the cash-rich Merseysiders will strengthen their defensive department in the window.
In other Everton transfer news, Newcastle are trying to hijack their signing of a proven Premier League ace just when the deal appeared to be done.