Big Sam also suggested that Reid might have been already enticed by overtures from agents. At least Allardyce has said there's no need to sell him now unless a huge offer of £20 million comes in. With each Premier League place worth £1, 236,000 in merit money it makes sense to keep Winston and try to finish as high as possible, have a tilt at the FA Cup and maybe even make Europe. There's also the slight chance that if Arsenal, Man United or Liverpool don't follow up their rumoured interest he might choose to stay.
Meanwhile Alex Song has been called up by Cameroon after first being omitted from their provisional squad, Kouyate has gone to Africa and Diafra Sakho may or may not go depending on his back injury. So we're presumably back to Nolan and Noble in midfield and Carroll and Valencia up front at Everton tonight.