West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce believes the club have done all they can in their attempts to keep Winston Reid at the club and out of the clutches of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Reid, 26, is out of contract at the end of the season and the club have so far been unsuccessful in their attempts to get the New Zealand international to sign a new deal.
Allardyce had been hopeful of the centre-half remaining at Upton Park until at least the end of the season but interest from the north London clubs has plunged his immediate future into further doubt.
The West Ham manager now believes the club have done all they can to try and keep hold of Reid, with the decision now in his hands.
"We've done as much as we possibly can," Allardyce told talkSPORT. "It was probably the longest negotiations I've ever seen with a player. Whether we can get there in the end, I'm not sure. That's in the chairman's hands, not mine.
"I just hope, with us doing so well this year, and us moving into the new stadium, is there a bigger of better club around than West Ham for Winston Reid? I'm not so sure there is, you know."
Reid has emerged as a possible target for Arsenal, who have made signing a defender this January a priority.
At a press conference on Friday 16 January, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted the Hammers defender was someone being considered by the club as they aim to bolster their options following the news that Mathieu Debuchy will be missing for three months following surgery on a dislocated shoulder.
Despite the ongoing speculation regarding his future at the club, Reid has maintained his impressive form for West Ham, something that has not gone unnoticed by his manager.
"We would like him to settle it now and say yes," Allardyce said last week. "But he doesn't need to, I guess. It hasn't affected his performances.
"Often with a difficult situation like this, with negotiations it can distract a player, but I don't think it has distracted him at all."