It looks as though New Zealand football is about to get another player in the English Premier League - the Herald reports:
Ryan Nelsen's English Premier League side, Blackburn Rovers, are reportedly poised to sign star All Whites' defender Winston Reid.
Blackburn's interest was reported by soccer website goal.com which says the club's coach Sam Allardyce is considering teaming Reid with club captain Nelsen in the central defence.
Reid, who stars for FC Midtjylland in the Danish league, has made no secret of his desire to move to the EPL.
His stunning last minute equaliser against Slovakia and pivotal back three role in an All Whites defence that conceded just one goal from general play is also understood to have sparked interest from Arsenal.
That would be a fantastic career move for Reid, in our always-humble opinion. Not only will he get to ply his trade in arguably the top league in the world, but he'll also be playing alongside his All Whites captain, from whom there's no doubt Reid has already learned much. Pay-days would be pretty healthy as well!
Whilst we'd love to see Reid go to Arsenal, he'd probably get swallowed up. For his first move into the EPL, playing for a club such as Blackburn Rovers would have plenty of advantages, and if he was able to secure a regular first-team place, the world would be his oyster in terms of future opportunities.
This is the first tangible benefit of the All Whites' World Cup campaign in terms of individual players; let's hope for a whole lot more good news over coming months.