West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce believes unhappy striker Ricardo Vaz Te has been the subject of an illegal approach, as he looks to engineer a move away from Upton Park.
The Portuguese forward joined the club from Barnsley in January 2012 and went on to score the goal that secured the Hammers promotion in their play-off final win over Blackpool.
But after seeing a lack of first-team action recently, Vaz Te is looking to move on and manager Sam Allardyce believes that at such a late stage, this is a sign of 'tapping up'.
He said: "Generally when you make a statement like that, they've been tapped up. Someone would've probably already contacted him.
"I am expecting a bid for him in the next couple of days because you don't do that sort of thing this late in the transfer window."
Vaz Te's transfer request came with something of an attack against his manager, and seemingly makes his position at the club untenable.
However his manager is willing to forgive him if a move doesn't materialise in the next few days.
"Nothing is beyond repair with me, 20 years ago, 18 years ago, he'd probably never kick a ball again.
"In today's world of football and me being a bit more mature and mellow, I'm always ready to give someone a second chance," said Allardyce.
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