Antonio pens new deal

Much to the relief of many Hammers’ fans, Michail Antonio finally put pen to paper on a bumper new deal to end speculation once and for all on Thursday. The contract will keep the newly crowned Hammer of the Year at The London Stadium until 2021, reports of a stand-off between Antonio and the club over a new deal had filled the papers for weeks, but now the former Non-League star has finally had his wages upped to £70K a week. As well as picking up Player of the Season, Antonio is also poised to end this term being the club top goalscorer with nine League goals. The 27-year-old was clearly in buoyant mood after signing the deal and had this to say in an exclusive interview with WHUFC TV: “I’m over the moon. Me signing this contract now, in my prime years, is showing that I believe West Ham can get into The Champions League spots”. The England midfielder is clearly very ambitious about his future with us and our future as a club, and although we may not see him back in a West Ham shirt until August, it is huge that we will be continuing to see him tearing up defences in Claret and Blue over the next few years.

U23 Play-Off final date set

The date for the PL2 Division 2 Play-Off final has been set, as we will make the trip to St James’s Park on Tuesday night. It will be Terry Westley’s men’s third trip to the home of The Magpies this season, as we will seek revenge against The Toon after they ended our defence of The PL2 Cup. The bright youngsters will be boosted by the return of top goalscorer Toni Martinez as he returns from a loan with Oxford United, so could the starlets captained by Declan Rice be heading for the top division of The PL2 next season?

Noble out for the season

It has been confirmed this week by our head of sports science Stijn Vanderbrouke that our skipper Mark Noble will miss the rest of the season with an abdominal injury. The 30-year-old has played a number of games whilst fully aware of his double hernia injury, which according to Vanderbrouke would have caused the skipper severe pain. Noble also reportedly kept the injury from Slaven Bilic so he could play as many games as it needed for us to secure Premier League safety, a feat that we achieved with our remarkable victory over Spurs last Friday night. This season may not have been the skipper’s best in Claret and Blue, but one thing is for sure, there is absolutely no doubting the lengths that the Cockney born Hammer will go for our Football club. Nobes now joins a long injury list as we prepare to face Liverpool with 8 poignant members of our first team out through injury.

Transfer gossip: 1 in 1 out?

It has been reported this week by The Sun that a number of clubs are ready to sign Alvaro Arbeloa as the Spaniard’s time with the club draws to a close. The 34-year-old was signed as back up right back last summer, but has only made 6 appearances under Slaven Bilic this season and did not show up to the end of season awards on Tuesday night. The former World Cup winner is reportedly drawing interest from his former coach Paul Clement, who is currently in charge of Swansea City, so will the veteran be coming back to haunt us in a Swans shirt next season? It has been rumoured this week by The Daily Express that we are stepping up our interest for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge. The injury-prone England man will reportedly be offloaded by Jurgen Klopp this summer after another injury-ravaged season for The Reds. However, many pundits including former Hammers’ defender Matthew Upson are warning us to stay away from the former Chelsea man, as we have enough injury worries to contend with from Andy Carroll. So will Slaven Bilic take a gamble on the prolific front man?

OTD-2000

On this day in 2000 we played out a 0-0 draw with Leeds United on the final day of the 1999/2000 season. We managed to hold out a late Leeds onslaught at Upton Park, as the late Mark Vivien Foe was sent off two minutes from time. The point meant that we would finish 9th that season under Harry Redknapp.

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