West Ham United have confirmed that Winston Reid has joined MLS side Sporting Kansas City on loan.
A move to MLS has been in the offing for Reid over the last month.
And a loan deal with Sporting Kansas City was announced by both clubs overnight (whufc.com).
The 31-year-old has not played for nearly two years but still has three years to run on his lucrative £70,000 per week (Spotrac) deal.
Big earner Reid’s unusual situation
Reid suffered serious injury in a game at Swansea just six months after penning a new six-year contract.
Unless Reid proves a major hit in MLS, it is unlikely anyone will come in for him permanently.
The buying club would not only have to pay West Ham a fee but also match his wages – which amount to £11million for the remainder of his contract.
Many West Ham fans were hoping Reid could get fit this season to make his long-awaited return.
West Ham will struggle for takers on a permanent basis
But it has been clear for some time West Ham are just not in the position to be able to slowly ease Reid back into action at the top level.
Most loan deals of players at Reid’s age are a pre-cursor to them leaving the club, or at least being put in the shop window.
But have the Hammers just suggested he still has a future in an official statement on the club’s website.
Has statement suggested Reid still has Hammers future?
“Reid, West Ham United’s second longest-serving player behind skipper Mark Noble, has not played a competitive first team game since March 2018 due to a serious knee injury and will now look to gain valuable game time in Kansas City,” West Ham said on the official website.
“West Ham wishes Winston the best of luck during his loan spell in the MLS.”
If West Ham are relegated to the Championship they may well have to rely on Reid.
The player would either be forced to stay at the club and accept a 50% pay drop to £35,000 or accept lower wages and a shorter term deal elsewhere should another club come knocking.