This is the not the first time that West Ham United have been forced to fend off reports of interest in Winston Reid.
With the New Zealand international having emerged as one of the more consistent centre-halves in the Premier League, interest in his services is inevitable.
Reid is also only 26 years of age, meaning that his best years should still be ahead of him.
West Ham are understandably keen to ensure that it is they who will be the ones to benefit from that peak.
There is, however, no ignoring the fact that Arsenal have been heavily linked with an approach in the past and speculation suggesting that Liverpool are plotting a January raid has started to circulate.
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Reid’s current deal at Upton Park is due to expire at the end of the season.
West Ham are therefore running the risk of losing him for nothing next summer, should they decide against sanctioning a winter sale.
Allardyce is hoping that both situations can be avoided, but he is giving little away regarding the progress being made in deal discussions.
He said: “That is an on-going issue between the owners and his agent.”
Indeed it is, but that is not what West Ham supporters want to hear.
They want someone to come out, preferably Reid or Allardyce, and confirm that an agreement is close and that there is nothing to worry about.
Unfortunately for the East End natives, they may be waiting some time and there may be a few more nervous weeks ahead as they wait to discover whether the services of a classy, ball-playing defender can be retained.