By Wayne Veysey

4th Sep, 2021 | 8:00am

Sources: West Ham hold talks about terminating Reid contract

West Ham chiefs have talked about offering Winston Reid a pay-off to leave, Football Insider understands.

The New Zealand international, 33, does not feature in David Moyes’ first-team plans and plans to find him a new club during the summer window failed to come to fruition.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club are now ready to explore more drastic measures to get Reid off their wage bill.

This includes offering a mutual termination of his contract, which has two years remaining.

The 6ft 3in centre-back is a high earner and has a £70,000-a-week Hammers contract that runs until the summer of 2023.

This possibility would see the defender secure a handsome pay-off to leave but one which falls short of the £7m remaining on his deal.

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Reid has not played for West Ham since March 2018, when he sustained a knee injury that proved to have ended his Premier League career.

He had loan spells at MLS side Sporting Kansas City and Brentford in the Championship, making 12 and 11 appearances for the teams respectively.

But Reid could not secure a loan move in the window that shut earlier this week, even though club chiefs were willing to pay a significant portion of his wages.

West Ham are continuing to pay the price of handing Reid a six-year deal in 2017 that ties him to the club until he is a few days short of his 35th birthday.

He is not now expected to add to the 223 appearances he has made for the Irons.

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