Sam Allardyce hopes midfielder Mark Noble will sign a new deal at West Ham
Sam Allardyce is keen to avoid a repeat of the lengthy talks with Robert Green as he aims to tie down Mark Noble.
Last Updated: 14/09/12 8:04am
Discussions over fresh terms for midfielder Noble have already been going on for some time, with his current deal set to expire next summer.
England international keeper Green left West Ham at the end of last season to move to QPR but has since seen his No.1 spot at Loftus Road threatened by the signing of Julio Cesar.
Allardyce does not envisage such problems with Noble, who is a product of the club's fabled youth academy, and dismissed suggestions his performances could also suffer as negotiations continue.
"Talks have been ongoing since the end of last season and I would have thought they would continue until a conclusion is reached. Hopefully that conclusion will see him sign a new deal," he said.
"He comes in every day and works hard and he is as happy as any player, particularly after our 3-0 win over Fulham.
"Every player at the club is in a good, positive frame of mind at the moment, so there is no hangover from him not renewing his current deal."
Green, 32, joined West Ham in 2006 but Allardyce could not tempt the former Norwich goalkeeper into staying at Upton Park despite holding talks throughout the duration of last season.
He said: "I hope it doesn't get to that, we had a long, arduous contract negotiation with Robert Green which lasted an entire season.
"From probably about the second week I was here it started in Switzerland on the pre-season tour and we tried to negotiation all the way through to the very, very end of the last game at Wembley.
"I had one more go after that and we couldn't come to striking a deal so I jumped on the back that Jussi (Jaaskelainen) was available and wanted to come.
"So I hope it doesn't come to that situation, I hope that is something that can be resolved and he stays a West Ham player."