West Ham United star Michail Antonio is asking the club for a new four-year deal with the option of a fifth year.
That’s according to reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee.
Antonio, 30, has been in superb form for West Ham since being converted into a full-time striker by David Moyes.
The forward put pen to paper on a four-year deal at London Stadium back in 2017.
Michail makes Hammers tick
As a result his contract at West Ham is up next summer.
Antonio is currently the club’s talisman, leading the charge from the front and playing the lone striker role quite expertly.
West Ham are in fine form of late and seem to be on an upward curve under Moyes.
The Hammers were desperately unlucky not to beat Arsenal in their second game of the season.
They then smashed Wolves 4-0, beat Leicester 3-0 and set a new Premier League record by coming from 3-0 down with 10 minutes left to draw 3-3 at Spurs.
Antonio has been making West Ham tick and his goals played a huge part in keeping the club up after the restart last season.
Antonio adamant he wants four-year deal – insider
Now he is looking to make the most of his importance to the side by pushing West Ham for a four-year deal – with the option of a fifth.
“You’ve also got Antonio out of contract next season,” ExWHUemployee said on The West Ham Way podcast October 21st.
“He’s adamant he wants a four-year deal with an option of a fifth year on his contract which will take him up to 34/35.
“That’s been talked about, but not offered, yet.”
Antonio turns 31 this season, in March. So as Ex points out, a four year deal would take him beyond the age of 35 and even 36 if a fifth year option is implemented.
Given Antonio’s injury record that would be a risky contract to hand out.
Huge quandary for West Ham over Antonio’s future
A more reasonable term would surely be three years.
Whether West Ham will commit to his large salary for another four years remains to be seen.
The trouble West Ham have is that it would cost millions to replace Antonio.
And if he were to run his contract down to next summer then there would undoubtedly be a host of clubs in for him.
So do West Ham give the long-term deal just to ensure they keep him for the short to medium term?
The Hammers have handed out long term or big money deals in the past to players with questionable injury records which have come back to bite them.
From Kieron Dyer and Freddie Ljungberg to Andy Carroll, Winston Reid and Jack Wilshere.
It will be interesting to see how this one develops.