Liverpool and Newcastle have also been linked with the highly-rated England player, but it is clear that all the rumours surrounding the youngster are just that: rumours.
To make West Ham's position clear, MD Paul Aldridge told the official site: "I can absolutely and categorically deny that we have had any talks with Arsenal about Michael - nor do we intend to.
"Indeed we will not be talking to anyone about Michael, who is perfectly happy at West Ham and concentrating on tomorrow's game."
This is certainly music to supporter's ears, and no doubt everyone would be in agreement that he should be kept, but why didn't he say the same regarding Paolo di Canio? It would seem that the board sees some players as expendable, and others not.