West Ham and Winston Reid may soon agree a mutual contract termination — but the centre-back will do well wherever he ends up.
That is according to ex-Premier League star Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider amid Reid’s encouraging spell on loan with Brentford.
Reid, 32, has played well over 200 times for West Ham in a decade-long career at the East London club but has not featured at all since the 2017-18 campaign.
He signed a six-year deal with the Irons in 2017, meaning he is contractually committed to the club until 2023.
But Phillips claims the New Zealand international’s career at the London Stadium is over and that a mutual termination could be in the pipeline.
“I don’t think there’s a way back for him at West Ham,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“I watched the Brentford game [v Sheffield Wednesday] the other night and he was good. His experience in that league is invaluable, particularly his organisation.
“But going back to West Ham, I think David Moyes has probably assessed the situation and said he’s going to look elsewhere, let’s put it that way.
“I think come the end of the season, whether they terminate his contact mutually or someone comes in for him, he won’t be with West Ham next season.
“If Brentford buy him if they get promoted, that would probably be the sensible option for him, he’d probably be happy to do that because he knows his time at West Ham’s up.
“Credit to him, though. He’s doing very well and it’s no coincidence that Brentford are climbing up the table, going for automatic promotion in the Championship.”
The 32-year-old has made five appearances for Brentford since signing on deadline day in February.
Both Brentford and West Ham are going strong in their respective divisions, with the Bees 2nd in the Championship and the Hammers 4th in the Premier League.