By Tom Blackburn

Sam Allardyce has not yet been contacted by the FA over the vacant England role, according to a report.

The top job is available following Roy Hodgson’s decision to resign after England’s disastrous Euro 2016 campaign.

Allardyce has emerged as one of the frontrunners but the BBC Sport website claims that no approach has been made for either the Sunderland manager or USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann.

It has been reported that Allardyce has opened preliminary talks with the FA, and that Sir Alex Ferguson regards him as the outstanding candidate for the role.

It comes just over a year after Allardyce left West Ham in a cloud when he was told that he wouldn’t be offered a new contract by the club.

Allardyce, who took the Hammers to 12th position in the Premier League last season before leaving, has a release clause in his Sunderland contract.

He signed a two-year contract with Sunderland in October before steering the club to Premier League safety after suffering only one defeat in their final 11 league matches of the season.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has also been linked with the job, but appears to be behind Allardyce and Klinsmann in the pecking order.

In other West Ham news, new signing Gohkan Tore says an asset of theirs is the best in the business.