If the former Bolton Wanderers chief is still at West Ham next season – Sam Allardyce insisted he’d make sure the Hammers' survive in the Premier League in what will be one of the most important seasons in the East Londoners history.

Next season will be West Ham’s penultimate at Upton Park ahead of the highly anticipated move to the iconic Olympic Stadium.

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The last thing the Hammers need is a relegation scrap and the risk of Championship football in a 54,000 capacity arena.

With the Europa League beckoning – Allardyce said his the number one aim for next season was to maintain Premier League solidarity going into the new stadium.

Allardyce said: “I won’t take any risks that could harm our Premier League status. I’ll take the criticism for team selection for the Europa League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup.

"But I will not put the risk of our Premier League status at any stage of the season – whether it’s at the beginning or the end because even more importantly at this football club is Premier League football going into that new stadium.”

With the potential of heavy involvement in various competitions next season the Hammers are expected for another busy summer player recruitment session.

With various names being linked with a move to the Boleyn Ground – one man who could be heading out is striker Mauro Zarate.

The Argentine – who is on loan at relegated QPR – had a bust up with R’s manager Chris Ramsey about being left out of the squad to face Liverpool two weeks ago - an incident which he was fined for.

Zarate has also come under heavy scrutiny for his lack of match fitness resulting in a limited number of opportunities at Loftus Road.

Big Sam said he kenw the 28 year old was frustrated with the lack of game time under his belt adding that some players "see the red mist".

“I suppose when you go on loan and get frustrated because you’re not playing enough is understandable,” said Allardyce.

“He came back here for some rehab and then sent him back. He just wanted a chance to prove himself and that frustration boiled over.

"He needs to take his punishment and get on with it. He shouldn’t do it but in the spare of the moment some of the players see the red mist don’t they.”

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