West Ham to open Allardyce contract talks

West Ham will begin talks with manager Sam Allardyce over a new contract in the near future, the Daily Mail has reported, after Harry Redknapp and Paulo Di Canio were both linked with the position. Allardyce’s current deal expires this summer.

Appointed in the summer of 2011, shortly after West Ham were relegated, former Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn boss Allardyce took the Hammers into the Premier League at the first time of asking, beating Blackpool in the play-offs with a Ricardo Vaz Te goal.

Allardyce said earlier this season that he expected contract talks to begin once West Ham were clear of relegation dangers and with the club sitting 14th in the table, six points above the drop zone, that time appears to be now.

The manager is not said to be looking for a hefty pay rise – he already earns £2m a year – but wants assurances over the transfer budget he can expect this summer, with a move for Vitesse striker Wilfried Bony in doubt. The Dutch club want a transfer fee of £15m, while the player is requesting £70,000 per week.

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