Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is on the lookout for another centre back ahead of the new year, with interest growing in unsettled captain Thomas Vermaelen.

And having followed his progress closely in the last 18 months, Hammers ace Reid has emerged as one of Wenger’s top targets.

The 25-year-old has established himself as one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League, and has been part of a solid West Ham backline this season.

But his stay at Upton Park could come to an end in January, with Arsenal considering a £6million bid for the New Zealand international.

The offer has been backed by Arsenal’s chief scout Steve Rowley, who has drawn up extensive reports on Reid’s performances and background.

Manchester United and Liverpool are also keen on the player – but it’s thought he would favour remaining in London with Arsenal if a deal could be agreed.