Allardyce: Cresswell should stay
Sam Allardyce has told Aaron Cresswell he would be better served staying put at West Ham next season even if he is wanted by Premier League heavyweights Manchester City and Chelsea.
The 25-year-old has been an ever-present in the league so far this season, his first at Upton Park following a summer move from Ipswich.
Having twice been named in the Championship team of the year Cresswell has continued to impress in the top flight and has reportedly caught the attention of some of the league's biggest sides, with City and Chelsea both believed to have taken a look at the former Tranmere man.
But Allardyce, who takes his Hammers to relegation-threatened QPR this weekend with only one win in their last 12 outings, believes Cresswell should remain at West Ham and continue his progression rather than seek a move.
Asked if Cresswell would be better off staying at Upton Park, the Hammers boss said: "There's no doubt about that because he's year one in the Premier League.
"Year one is an ongoing experience that you have that you know the level. Aaron now needs to grow from that experience. His challenge is to continue to work even harder than he has this year, not to rest on his laurels.
"We have seen players do that and then year two is more of a disaster than his impressive first year. His professionalism will come into play at the start of next year by where he gets and if he gets to the next level."
Cresswell has not represented England at youth level but there were calls for his inclusion in Roy Hodgson's squad to face Lithuania and Italy last month.
Although he was not called up, he has continued to shine for the Hammers and scored a free-kick in their recent 1-1 draw at home to Stoke.
Recently quoted as saying he is "very happy" at West Ham, it is unlikely Cresswell would be angling for a move and, with four years remaining on his current contract, Allardyce has dismissed reports that the club may struggle to hold on to the left-back.
"As far as I am concerned, no one has bid for Aaron Cresswell," he added.
"It's all pure rumours and speculation. My problem is does it affect Aaron Cresswell and affect his performance?
"That's for me to make sure Aaron does what he can all season and he performs on a consistent basis. What will happen in the summer, we will wait and see. I have even heard somebody said we have put a £25million buy-out on him.
"That's the first I know, I haven't heard anything through the owners to say 'well, if somebody wants Aaron Cresswell they would have to pay £25million'."
Cresswell is likely to keep his unbroken Premier League appearance run in this weekend's London derby at Loftus Road - but Allardyce will still be without strikers Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia, whilst James Tomkins and Guy Demel are missing from a depleted defence.
Allardyce may be certain on what lies in Cresswell's immediate future but his own career path remains unclear.
Reports earlier in the week suggested the club had made an audacious bid to lure Jurgen Klopp to east London after the Borussia Dortmund coach revealed he would be leaving the German club in the summer.
West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has since dismissed such claims and insisted scheduled talks with Allardyce at the end of the season will take place as planned.
Allardyce is more focused on addressing the slump in results rather than his future at the club - which has been in question for some months.
"It has never been any different," he said when asked about Brady's recent remarks.
"Do people think I don't speak with (Co-chairman David) Sullivan and Karren? Of course, I do. We have been like that for many months.
"The focus for me to get the team winning football matches. There is a massive downside to what we have done at the minute. We have a responsibility to get back on winning ways.
"My job is to make sure it doesn't affect our performance and we get back to winning. For me it's all about continuing to improve the position in the league to be where we are."