As speculation over Winston Reid's contract continues, Sam Allardyce has given a frank view of the situation.
The West Ham manager says talks are ongoing, but the prospects of the club persuading him to stay depend on the player's mindset.
The centre-back has emerged as a key player for the Hammers, but due to his contract expiring next summer, the club are in a weak situation and face losing him for free unless they can convince him to sign a new deal.
The defender has been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal among others, both of who need reinforcements.
Allardyce told West Ham's website: "Well I haven't given up because I feel that we're progressing very nicely and that we can give Winston what he wants if he stays with us.
We're building our club slowly at the moment, but our ultimate goal is to be as ambitious as we can and if we can carry on building slowly but surely we can all achieve that goal.
"If Winston is impatient and sees it somewhere else, we'll have to wait and see."
West Ham appear to be ready to do business with him, but Allardyce is wise enough to know that Reid's refusal to commit so far is not necessarily a good sign.
He believes West Ham can get to the very top level, thanks to the squad they are building, and impending new stadium move in 2016 with will boost their ability to compete financially.
If it's instant access to European football Reid wants, he can probably get it by moving on, but the Hammers boss is keen to stress he feels the club can get there, if the New Zealander is prepared to be patient.