Allardyce tells press that defender Matija Nastasic won't be joining West Ham

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Sam Allardyce has poured cold water on reports that Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic could join West Ham.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce spoke this morning during a press conference, and according to TalkSport, he addressed the rumours of a move for Matija Nastasic.

According the Daily Mail, the Hammers had eyed up the Manchester City defender as a possible replacement for Winston Reid, but Allardyce told press today that it won't be happening, with the Serbian seemingly heading to Schalke.

"No I don't think Nastasic wants to stay in this country - that is my opinion based on the talks about Nastasic I had last summer before the window shut," said Allardyce. "The word was if he was going to leave Manchester City he wouldn't stay in this country."

Nastasic, 21, was superb under former City boss Roberto Mancini, but has been out of favour under Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium, barely featuring at all.

A move to West Ham would be beneficial for all parties, especially with the Hammers starting to prepare for life without Winston Reid.

The 26-year-old is out of contract at the end of this season, and Allardyce confirmed to press last week, as reported in the Daily Mail, that Reid had no future with the club because he wouldn't be signing a new contract.

The New Zealand international has subsequently been linked with moves to Arsenal and Liverpool this month, which a cut-price fee on the cards to save West Ham from losing him for nothing in the summer.

Despite Allardyce's wishes to find his replacement, it seems it won't be Nastasic - though reports of a move for Marseille's Nicolas N'Koulou suggest that Allardyce does have other irons in the fire.

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