And a delay until the end of the season could cost the central defender a small fortune if what may be a calculated gamble misfires.
With the closure of the transfer window close, Reid has a deal on the table which, if he signs, gives him a substantial rise payable from the moment he commits.
However, those close to the situation believe he may now be ready to allow things to remain as they are until the summer as he pursues a bigger deal elsewhere on a free transfer.
However, ClaretandHugh was told: “If he fails to get what he is looking for he will have missed out on several months of increased cash to finish up no better off.
“There has not been a single offer for him from anywhere so he may be playing a high risk game but we remain committed to him and want him to sign.
“Some have said we should take the offer of the table but we won’t be doing that – for various reasons that could be counter productive.”