West Ham youngster Zavon Hines has rejected the offer of a new contract from the club, but Sam Allardyce is hopeful the striker will stay at the Boleyn Ground.
"Zavon has turned down a contract but that doesn't mean that is the end of the matter and he will leave the club," said Allardyce.
"As far as I am aware talks are still ongoing and he could stay."
Whether Hines wants to go off in search of pastures new or is holding out for a pay hike remains unclear, but Allardyce is keen to retain the services of the 22-year-old.
A diminutive forward with quick feet and genuine pace, Hines was named the Young Hammer of the Year in 2010, before missing the majority of last season with a serious knee injury.
Should Hines pledge his future to the club, then he is likely to play an integral role next season as the Hammers look to return to the top-flight at the first time of asking.
A difficult task, however, lies ahead of the Allardyce this summer, with the likes of Scott Parker and Robert Green needing to be convinced that they should remain at the club.
However, the former Bolton manager is famed for his powers of persuasion - just ask Youri Djorkaeff and Jay-Jay Okocha - and will do his level best to ensure he starts the new campaign with the cream of the West Ham crop.
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