By Ben Wright (@benwright), editor.
NASHVILLE, TN - Nashville SC pursued West Ham United defender Winston Reid before opting against the move, as confirmed by Tom Bogert. Nashville's interest was first reported by the New Zealand Herald.
Reid has played with West Ham United since 2010, amassing over 200 appearances in all competitions and adding 10 goals. Reid has plenty of experience on the international level as well, representing Denmark at a youth level and New Zealand at the senior level. Reid was a part of the All-Whites' 2010 World Cup squad, scoring a dramatic stoppage time equalizer to secure a point against Slovakia. That New Zealand side allowed just two goals in the group stage, picking up three points and becoming the first side ever eliminated from a World Cup without losing a match.
Reid was a fixture in the West Ham lineup, regularly wearing the captain's armband for the London club, but suffered a string of injuries that took a toll on his playing time. The defender suffered serious knee ligament damage after being knocked out in a Premier League match in March 2018. After working back to fitness ahead, Reid injured ligaments in his Achilles tendon in training camp before the 2018-19 season. The two injuries have kept him from playing a competitive match in nearly two years. Reid has been named to the bench in three of West Ham's last five matches, and appears to be close to returning to full fitness.
Reid reportedly received interest from DC United and Sporting Kansas City in MLS, as well as a number sides from the English Championship. The defender is under contract with West Ham until 2023, at a reported £70,000 per week.