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Moyes’ future up in the air amid talks with Loptegui Hammersposted at 16:35

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Simon Stone
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West Ham could make a decision on David Moyes’ future before the end of the season amid growing rumors that he will be replaced by Julen Lopetegui.

Moyes has repeatedly rejected questions about whether he will remain at the club, saying talks will not take place until after the final game against Manchester City on May 19.

While that remains the plan, BBC Sport understands there is a slim chance of West Ham reaching an earlier conclusion on Moyes’ tenure.

The conversations with Lopetegui have been positive, although sources assure that no decision has been made about Moyes and the final result will be what is considered best for the team.

The uncertainty over Moyes has baffled many outsiders, who wonder why the respected Scot is under so much pressure as he approaches what would be a third first-half finish in four full seasons at the London Stadium.

He presided over three consecutive European campaigns for the first time in the club’s history and last June ended the Hammers’ 43-year wait for a trophy with a last-minute victory over Fiorentina in the Europa Conference League final.

However, many fans criticize what they see as Moyes’ negative tactics.

Lopetegui has been out of work since leaving Wolves on the eve of the current campaign, believing that promises made over the playing budget had not been kept.

The former Spain and Real Madrid manager has been linked with numerous jobs since then and is believed to be interested in returning to the Premier League after guiding Wolves to safety last season, having joined them when they were bottom of the board.

Other options are known to be being considered.

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