The Athletic has made a big claim over the future of West Ham striker Michail Antonio with the January transfer window just a few weeks away.

Antonio looked some way back to his best in the second half of Saturday’s memorable 3-2 win over Chelsea at the weekend.

The Hammers powerhouse has been out of sorts of late.

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And it stuck out like a sore thumb because he has been carrying the weight of goalscoring expectation for West Ham for the best part of two years since being converted to a striker by David Moyes.

Be it through injuries or a loss or form (Antonio has not scored since West Ham beat Spurs back in October) there have been times where that massive gamble has cost the Hammers.

Indeed it could be argued losing Antonio for spells last season ultimately cost West Ham a Champions League place as they missed out by a solitary win.

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His importance to the side cannot be underestimated.

Recent rumours that bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur wanted to sign Antonio (Teamtalk) were laughed off by West Ham fans. And with good reason. It was possibly the most cringeworthy transfer story of the year so far.


But now The Athletic has made a big claim over the future of West Ham’s number nine Antonio.

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The Athletic makes big claim over future of West Ham striker Michail Antonio

And the report reveals that the Hammers are in a very comfortable situation regarding the 31-year-old’s contract.

“Antonio’s contract is set to expire in the summer of 2023 — and in normal circumstances, West Ham would have to move urgently to extend his deal,” The Athletic’s Roshane Thomas reports.

“But The Athletic understands the club have the option to extend his contract by a further year until the summer of 2024.

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“That means West Ham are in control of the situation for the next two and a half years. The club will review Antonio’s contract in the summer, with a view to the forward potentially getting a pay rise.”

Regardless of Antonio’s contract situation West Ham need another striker in the January window.

And Moyes has given a detailed update on what he wants if he does move to sign one next month.

More West Ham news:

Liam Gallagher reacts to West Ham win over Chelsea.

What the note said that Moyes sent on to Rice before winner vs Chelsea (probably).

Journalist who broke Rice snub story delivers West Ham contract update.

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