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Allardyce waiting on Reid

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce insists Winston Reid is no closer to agreeing a new contract with the club.

Reid, whose current deal expires in the summer, has refused to sign a new deal at Upton Park but reports on Monday suggested the defender had decided to stay with the Hammers.

Allardyce, however, maintains the 26-year-old is still considering his options and is yet to make any indication where his future lies.

"Winston has an exceptionally good offer on the table," Allardyce said.

"But he won't make a decision to reject it and say, 'no I am not staying' or 'yes, I will take it and I will stay'. We cannot get a decision out of him.

"Unless we torture him - w e could do cocktail sticks under the nails or ring up (lead character of television series '24') Jack Bauer and I'm sure he could get the answer out of him."

Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak has been charged with violent conduct for elbowing West Ham's Diafra Sakho during the Hammers' 3-1 defeat on Saturday.

Jedinak faces a four-match ban for the incident but Allardyce has mixed feelings about the Football Association's retrospective action.

"Jedinak was clearly in a position where (referee) Mike Dean could not see it, so that is absolutely the correct retrospective punishment," Allardyce said.

"But I've never been a great lover of it (retrospective bans) because it's of no benefit to me whatsoever.

"It was a very dangerous thing Jedinak did - he could have seriously injured Sakho and he'll have to take the punishment he gets because I think he does deserve it."

West Ham have won only once in their last 10 league games and will be looking to resurrect their bid for the European places when they host leaders Chelsea on Wednesday.

The Blues are fresh from their Capital One Cup victory over Tottenham on Sunday but Allardyce is not expecting Jose Mourinho's side to ease off after their Wembley triumph.

"Jose's sides rarely slip up that way, that's why they're so good," Allardyce said.

"The demand of Chelsea for the players is they're not allowed to be off-form. I expect they'll be efficient in every department, that's why they're top of the league.

"They make fewer mistakes than everybody else. Most games are won on opposition's mistake, t hey rarely make mistakes and it makes it more difficult to score against them."

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