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Transfer News: Everton hope to swap Sylvain Distin for West Ham defender Winston Reid

Winston Reid of West Ham United arrives prior to the Barclays Premier League match v West Bromwich Albion
Image: Winston Reid: Subject of reported Everton interest

Everton are exploring the possibility of swapping veteran centre-back Sylvain Distin for West Ham's Winston Reid, according to Sky sources.

Former Newcastle, Manchester City and Portsmouth defender Distin is out of contract at Goodison Park at the end of the season and is the subject of reported interest from Hammers manager Sam Allardyce.

Reid, who arrived at Upton Park in 2010 for an undisclosed fee, is in a similar situation and Everton boss Roberto Martinez is hoping to shore up his defensive options having overseen just one victory in their last seven Premier League games.

Speaking outside the Everton training ground, Sky Sports News HQ reporter Alan Irwin said: "Nobody has left as yet but there are a good few hours left and there has been plenty of speculation regarding Sylvain Distin.

"The 37-year-old is out of contract in the summer and he was the last to leave the training ground today. It was more unusual because he was escorted in his car by a photographer.

"My understanding is that West Ham are very interested in taking Distin and, on the back of that, my sources are indicating Everton have made an enquiry about Winston Reid.

"He's a 26-year-old New Zealander who is out of contract himself in the summer, so Everton have made an enquiry as to whether they can take Reid if Distin goes to West Ham."

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