Jack Collison to reject moves to Leeds and Forest to fight for Hammers place

The Welsh international is set to snub a move to the Championship to earn a new contract at Upton Park.

The determined 25-year old is desperate to force his way back into Sam Allardyce's plans. Despite interest from promotion chasing Leeds United and Nottingham Forest the Welshman is set to stay in East London.

Collison, a product of the clubs academy, who last played for the club in their League Cup semi final defeat to Manchester City has found it difficult to put together a run of games for the Hammers.

Speaking to the club's television programme, the Welsh international quashed any speculation that he might be on the move:

"If you look at the quality of our squad, there are 22 outfield players and there is a lot of quality not even making the bench, let alone the starting XI. There is a lot of competition for places.

"The boys have been magnificent, so there has been no reason for the manager to change it too much. They have got the shirts at the moment and, if they keep producing, they deserve to keep them.

"The likes of myself and others are disappointed and are working hard in training so when that opportunity comes, it's up to us to take it and keep hold of the shirt."

It is a vital time for Collison after making his way back from injury, he really needs regular games so he can develop into the star that many touted him as a few seasons ago. 

West Ham United aren't in action this weekend, as their scheduled opponents, Hull City, are in FA Cup action. The Hammers' next game is away to Mark Hughes's Stoke City. Last season, Collison scored the winner for West Ham at the Britannia Stadium, which was a vital win for Allardyce's men. 

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