West Ham boss Sam Allardyce dismisses Aaron Cresswell speculation, comments on form and injuries

Sam Allardyce has addressed the media ahead of this weekend's game against QPR, discussing recent form and speculation surrounding Aaron Cresswell.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has dismissed speculation suggesting that left-back Aaron Cresswell could soon be heading out of the club.

Cresswell has been linked with a move to other Premier League clubs, with Chelsea one of the more high-profile names reported to be interested by the Mirror, but Allardyce told reporters at his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend's game against QPR that there is no substance to the rumours.

The Hammers boss says that Cresswell has more to do, despite catching the eye during his debut campaign at Upton Park, and has challenged him to kick on.

Allardyce said: "As far as I'm concerned, nobody has bid for Aaron Cresswell so it's pure rumours that has to fill the media space.

"It's for me to make sure that Aaron continues to do what he has done all season, which is perform on a consistent basis.

"He has to continue to work as hard as he can, not rest on his laurels and build on the impressive year he's had."

The Hammers’ disappointing run of form continued with a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last weekend but with two teams deep in relegation trouble in the form of QPR and Burnley next up, there is an opportunity for the side to start putting a productive sequence together in order to finish the season strongly.

Allardyce added: "We've made life far too difficult for ourselves, but we have to continue to make sure we do better than we are at the moment.

"The focus has to be that we have to try and finish the season on a high. The bad run has come at the back end of the season and you don't want to end the season with that."

Allardyce has confirmed that Diafra Sakho and James Tomkins are still sidelined through injury, saying it would be 'touch and go' for them to return before the end of the season, while Guy Demel has picked up a calf complaint.

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