Sam Allardyce admits he is unsure whether Darren Fletcher will choose to join West Ham or another club.
Fletcher, 30, is on the verge of leaving Manchester United this month and is believed to have the choice of a number of clubs including the Hammers, West Brom and Valencia.
After his side scraped through to the FA Cup fifth round with victory at Bristol City on Sunday, Allardyce revealed he had spoken to Fletcher’s agent but had no inclination as to where he will go.
Allardyce said: “I don’t know whether he will come to be honest. It’s in Darren’s hands.
“I haven’t spoken to him. I’ve spoken to his agent.”
Sky sources reported last week that West Ham had moved to sign Fletcher, who has been unable to establish himself in United’s first-team since Louis van Gaal took charge ahead of the current campaign.
Allardyce confirmed his interest ahead of the FA Cup tie, which the Hammers won 1-0, stating: “We've had no permission to speak to Darren.
“He's got quite a few clubs interested in him so when he makes his mind up everyone will know.
“I don't know what the timeline is. If any of the other packages offered to him are accepted then we would accept that.
“Or if they hadn't made their mind up or were negotiating somewhere else that would be it. We can't wait forever.
“I always think at this stage of the window, if you do get something nailed on you have to take it because you might end up with nothing if you don't.”