West Ham are on the verge of making a big contract announcement over star Michail Antonio according to reports circulating overnight.
As West Ham’s only senior striker Antonio is literally priceless to David Moyes right now.
He may not have scored since the win over Spurs in October but there were signs Antonio had clicked back into gear in the second half of the win over Chelsea last weekend.
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.
The Athletic revealed that the Hammers are in a very comfortable situation regarding the 31-year-old’s contract.
Antonio was one of a host of West Ham stars completely rested from the squad for last night’s Europa League dead rubber against Dinamo Zagreb.
“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 reported.
“But The Athletic understands the club have the option to extend his contract by a further year until the summer of 2024.
“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.”
West Ham on verge of big contract announcement over star Michail Antonio – reports
But now new reports from self-styled transfer insider Pedro Almeida and others suggest Antonio is set to sign a new deal imminently until 2024.
Regardless of Antonio’s contract situation West Ham need another striker in the January window.