Don Klosterman, general manager and executive vice president of the Los Angeles Rams, has been linked to a possible vacancy with the Redskins if George Allen, coach and general manager, leaves.

Klosterman said, "I have not heard that, I have not talked to anyone about such a situation."

Asked about a report in Los Angeles that Ram coach Chuck Knox had "negotiated" with the Redskins. Klosterman said, "I'm sure that's not true. I am sure Detroit was interested in him last year, but I met with Chuck on Wednesday . . . in Los Angeles and he was optimistic about staying with the Rams.

"Washington would tell us if they were going to talk to Knox; they are honorable people there. Ed Williams (Redskins president) does things above board. The Redskins have not asked for permission to talk to Knox and Knox has not asked for permission to talk to anyone."

The Rams give the impression that Allen would be limited to coaching if he became available and switched to Los Angeles.

Besides owner Carroll Rosenbloom being a strong figure in the football operation, his son, Steve, is being groomed to take more front-office responsibility. Klosterman enjoys a high regard in the National Football League as a general manager who has made highly productive deals for players and draft choices.