Football: All Whites captain Winston Reid targeted by American clubs

Football: All Whites captain Winston Reid targeted by American clubs

West Ham United are open to offers for defender Winston Reid, with two clubs in Major League Soccer (MLS) keen on the All Whites captain, according to reports. 

The Daily Mail reports Sporting Kansas City and Nashville SC are both chasing the 31-year-old for the MLS season, which begins next month.

Reid is contracted to West Ham until 2023, but the club is willing to consider offers, due to his injury record and age.

Reid has not made a competitive appearance for the Hammers' first-team since March 2018, when he suffered a severe knee injury and was stretchered off the field. 

Since the injury, complications have stopped him returning to the field. 

He has been named on West Ham's bench for competitive matches a few times this season, but still hasn't made it onto the pitch. 

In a recent interview published on West Ham's website, Reid stressed it would take time to readjust to the demands of first-team football

"I think you know, you get to a point when you're not just going to go straight in," said Reid. 

"More than anything else, it's about getting back into a rhythm again, getting back into a rhythm of training and doing all this, and playing and whatever.

"That's probably the toughest thing, because there's being back fit and available, and then there is getting back into a rhythm. It's fine now, the injury has healed now, there's no issues with it - so now it's about finding out where I am at on the pitch.

"As a team, we have been in this situation a few times. I understand that it's not about panicking.

"The players have to support each other, whichever player plays and then it’s just about being there."

Another report from football website Team Talk said Reid rejected a loan move to Charlton Athletic to battle for a place in his West Ham side and help them avoid relegation.

The English transfer window closes at the end of the month, but the MLS window opens on February 12 and runs until May 5.

Despite not playing for West Ham, Reid was involved in the All Whites' 3-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland last November.

Current All Whites playing in the MLS include fellow defender Michael Boxall, Tommy Smith and Bill Tuiloma.