According to Claret and Hugh, West Ham will open contract talks with Michail Antonio around Christmas time.
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The 30-year-old Hammers ace has been in sensational form since Premier League action resumed in June.
He is certainly more than worthy of a new contract. That goes without saying.
Antonio joined West Ham from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2015 for around £7 million (BBC). And he has gone on to become a real fan favourite at the London Stadium, and Upton Park before that.
The 30-year-old has racked up 11 goals in his last 15 Premier League games for the Hammers. He unfortunately picked up a hamstring injury during West Ham’s clash with Manchester City two weeks ago.
And it is clear to see just how important Antonio is to the Hammers when he isn’t playing. It will be vital for us to tie him down to a new deal with his current contract set to expire in the summer.
And Claret and Hugh claims that talks could begin around Christmas time. It is suggested that Antonio can expect a hefty pay increase and David Moyes and the board are confident that the Wandsworth born ace will put pen to paper.
The 30-year-old currently earns £70k-a-week (Spotrac). Quite how much we will offer him remains to be seen. He is more than worthy of a pay rise. But the main worry is that we could end up offering him a four or five year deal. That would be a big mistake given Antonio’s injury history and age. He will be 31 in March after all.
Perhaps a two-year deal with an option of a further 12 months would be a more wise move from West Ham. Whether Antonio would be prepared to accept those kind of terms, however, is unclear.