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Allardyce jokes about torturing West Ham defender

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce insists Winston Reid is no closer to agreeing a new contract with the club, and has even joked about torturing the defender in order to speed things up.

Big Sam was in a lighthearted mood on Tuesday. Credit: PA

Reid, whose current deal expires in the summer, has refused to sign a new deal at Upton Park but reports on Monday suggested the defender had decided to stay with the Hammers.

Allardyce, however, maintains the 26-year-old is still considering his options and is yet to make any indication where his future lies.

Speaking to the media ahead of West Ham's match with Chelsea, Big Sam said:

Winston has an exceptionally good offer on the table. But he won't make a decision to reject it and say, 'no I am not staying' or 'yes, I will take it and I will stay'. We cannot get a decision out of him.

Unless we torture him - we could do cocktail sticks under the nails or ring up (lead character of television series '24') Jack Bauer and I'm sure he could get the answer out of him.

– West Ham manager Sam Allardyce