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Mar 27, 2013

Allardyce confident of new Hammers deal

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce claims he is on the verge of extending his stay at the Premier League club.

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Allardyce's contract is set to expire at the end of the current campaign and there has been some talk that the Hammers are not prepared to offer the former Bolton man a new deal.

With many believing Queens Park Rangers to be destined for the Championship next season there has been speculation that ex-West Ham boss Harry Redknapp could take over the reins at Upton Park in the summer.

Allardyce, however, is adamant he is going nowhere and says both parties are keen to thrash out a new contract.

"We both want to do it, it's just a question of sorting out the dotting of the i's and crossing of the t's," Allardyce told Sky Sports News. "As always, that is not as easy a situation as you would like.

"You always have to do some negotiations when you are moving into the next contract, just as there were plenty of negotiations over the first contract. So we will hopefully come to a conclusion very shortly."

A new deal could mean that Allardyce will still be around when West Ham move into the Olympic Stadium at the start of the 2016-17 season.

The switch has drawn some criticism from Hammers fans, but the manager feels it is necessary if the club want to progress.

"We need to move to this new stadium to compete with the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham in this world," Allardyce said.

"I can understand why they don't want to leave Upton Park because they probably came here in their infancy and their dad, uncle or grandad brought them so they've grown to love this stadium. But at the end of the day, football has to progress."

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