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Swansea boss Garry Monk responds to speculation surrounding possible West Ham move

Swansea City boss Garry Monk has played down speculation of a move to West Ham.

Swansea City boss Garry Monk has told the BBC that reports linking him with a move to West Ham are nothing more than speculation.

Monk, 36, has been in charge at the Liberty Stadium for just over a year now, having replaced Michael Laudrup last season.

A former Swans player, Monk is a popular figure in South Wales, and he currently has Swansea up in eighth place in the Premier League table - despite losing star striker Wilfried Bony to Manchester City in January.

Those exploits have triggered speculation over his future, with the Daily Star reporting on Wednesday night that West Ham were considering a move for Monk this summer.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is out of contract at the end of the season, and with just two wins to his name in 2015, he's likely to leave Upton Park in the coming weeks.

That means West Ham could be looking for a new manager this summer, and the Daily Star suggested that the Hammers hierarchy had been impressed with Monk's work this season.

However, speaking ahead of Swansea's game against Leicester City this weekend, Monk told the BBC that there is nothing to the rumours.

"West Ham have a fantastic manager in place," said Monk. "For them to be looking elsewhere - if they are - I think they've already got the manager there who's had a fantastic season."

"I look at that type of speculation as a compliment to the way myself and the team have worked this season, showing we're progressing and going in the right direction," he added.

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