West Ham United chief Karren Brady insists talks over a new deal with manager Sam Allardyce will be a formality.

Brady wrote in her diary for The Sun: "There was never a doubt about offering Sam Allardyce a new West Ham contract.

"But it appears that our policy to wait until we are safe from relegation seemed to bother some supporters and so we decide today to talk to the manager about terms.

"The fact is we want Sam and he wants to stay.

"He won't be picking up his musket and we won't be wielding a hammer and I'm very confident he'll be at Upton Park next season."