West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is cool on reports suggesting he could take over the managerial reins at Sunderland in the summer. The 60-year-old has emerged as one of the favourites to be appointed at the Stadium of Light after the struggling Black Cats sacked Gus Poyet and installed Dick Advocaat on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
The Hammers have won only once in their last 12 league games and Allardyce's contract runs out at the end of the current campaign - but he insists he will not be looking to leave east London any time soon.
"Pure speculation," Allardyce replied when asked about reports linking him with a move to Sunderland.
"I'm West Ham manager and I'm contracted to West Ham and don't expect anything other than somewhere along the line we'll be talking about a contract here."
When asked if he saw himself at West Ham next year, he added: "If that contract is right, yes."
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