Slaven Bilic strongly denies speculation of replacing Allardyce this summer

Besiktas boss Slaven Bilic says he is not in talks with West Ham.

Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic has told Turkish website Fanatik that he has not held talks with West Ham over replacing Sam Allardyce.

The Hammers have won just twice in 2015, and their dire form could cost manager Allardyce his job, given that his contract at Upton Park expires this summer.

Many expect West Ham to part company with Allardyce at the end of the season, and replace him with a manager who can take the club towards the European qualification places in the Premier League table.

The likes of Rafael Benitez, David Moyes, Marcelo Bielsa and Roberto Di Matteo have all been linked with replacing Allardyce, but the most popular suggestion has been Slaven Bilic, with the London Evening Standard, The Mirror and even Tutto Mercato Web getting involved in the speculation.

The Croatian, 46, is currently managing in Turkey with Bestikas, but remains a popular figure at Upton Park having played 48 games for West Ham in the 1990's.

A return to East London would be fascinating given Bilic's reputation as a charismatic, outspoken manager, but he has told Fanatik that he hasn't had any contact with the Hammers over replacing Allardyce this summer.

"I do not know who keeps spreading the West Ham link but I can tell you I am not in talks with the club," said Bilic. "I have been offered positions in England, there were offers in 2008 and 2010 when I was in charge of Croatia."

It's important to note that Bilic hasn't actually ruled himself out of contention, rather just suggesting that he isn't in talks with the club right now.

Once - if as expected - Allardyce departs this summer, West Ham may pursue Bilic, but there figure to be a number of candidates in the frame.

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