The Hammers loyalist has been linked with Queens Park Rangers in recent days but has made it clear privately he wants to stay with the Hammers.
Harry Redknapp would love to take the player across London but realises how tough it will be as in a recent interview he declared: “Mark’s a Hammer through and through. I can’t see him leaving them.”
And the club itself is ready to take up the option with sources close to the player saying: “He loves it here and is ready to agree the option.”
The club will talk to the player at the end of the season and we were told: “Mark is a valuable player and we will take up the option with the possibilty of offering a contract extension on top.”