Allardyce to reject West Ham extension

Sam Allardyce will turn down any offer to extend his West Ham contract and leave the London club this summer, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Allardyce’s current deal expires at the end of the season and though the Hammers board have made initial efforts to tie down the manager for the long-term, Allardyce has rejected the approach and is expected to leave after three years at Upton Park.

The former Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle and Blackburn Rovers boss is thought to have an offer from an English club – possibly London neighbours Fulham – and one from an unnamed club outside England, should he confirm his intention to leave despite the two-year renewal put on the table.

West Ham had been looking for a replacement but stand to miss out on David Moyes, Jurgen Klopp and Eddie Howe. Moyes has insisted he will remain in Spain with Real Sociedad, Klopp is content to wait and see what options develop once he leaves Borussia Dortmund this summer, and Howe doesn’t want to quit Bournemouth after taking the Cherries into the Premier League.

Former Swansea City Coach Michael Laudrup, ex-West Ham defender Slaven Bilic, who has managed Hadjuk Split, the Croatia national team and Lokomotiv Moscow and is currently in charge of Besiktas, and Napoli’s Rafael Benitez, previously of Liverpool and Chelsea, have all also been mentioned as the next West Ham boss.

Allardyce is however set to leave the club with a top-half finish – West Ham are 10th with two games to play and face 11th-placed Everton at home this weekend – and could see the team into the Europa League via the Fair Play standings.

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