Sam Allardyce is hoping that West Ham United defender Winston Reid will sign a contract extension soon.
Although the Hammers boss admitted that he could not provide a thorough update on the progress the club have made in convincing the New Zealand international to stay at the club, he hopes that Reid will put pen to paper soon.
Reid's current deal expires this summer, meaning his future is up in the air, but Allardyce is aiming to have it sorted soon.
"I’m often asked about the situation regarding Winston Reid and a new contract," he wrote in his weekly column in the London Evening Standard.
"It’s an on-going negotiation between David Sullivan and Winston’s representatives and if somewhere along the line, we can find some common ground, then I hope he will put pen to paper."
Reid has become one of the Hammers' most vital players and losing him would be a huge blow for a side who appear on the up.
Allardyce has made vast improvements to the team over the summer and they have already felt the benefit of his summer signings.
The London side are in the top-half of the Premier League after a brilliant opening to the campaign, and they will be hoping that this current distraction does not impact negatively on their form.
The Hammers have earned a number of admirers for their new-found passing style of play and a key reason for this has been the form of many of their new additions.
Allardyce says that the club have got lucky as Enner Valencia was the only senior player who went away over the international break and he has come back fully-fit.
"This time we were lucky," he said. "A couple of the younger players were away for age-group internationals but the only senior player who left us was Enner Valencia, who enjoyed a highly productive time with Ecuador, scoring three times in two matches.
"He was back with us yesterday for a little light work. I will sit down with him at some stage and find out how he is because his input is vital in my decision making for tomorrow’s trip to Burnley."
It means that Allardyce has almost a full-squad to select from for this weekend match and they will be hoping to pick up another three points to raise expectations higher.