West Ham are working on a major contract deal for striker Michail Antonio, according to reports from The Times.
The report claims that the Hammers have held talks regarding offering him an improved contract at the club.
Antonio earns about £70,000 a week, whereas Andriy Yarmolenko pockets around £110,000 a week.
Yarmolenko is the top earner at the club, and the Hammers feel Antonio is a deserving candidate for a pay rise.
Last season, West Ham exercised a clause in Antonio’s contract to extend his deal until 2023. It seems, they are keen to offer him a fresh contract, although the terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Antonio has been simply brilliant this season for David Moyes’s side. He has been the focal point of attack and deserves a new contract.
He is important to the team’s style and progress under Moyes. Recently, Anton Ferdinand hailed him as a “fantastic” player and a “Catalyst” for the team.
Last season, he was the club’s top scorer with ten goals. This season he has scored seven goals already in all competitions, and the club has made the right decision to reward him.
West Ham now should look to find a way to secure a long-term
deal for Declan Rice as well. He has rejected two new contract extension
offers, but the Hammers are pretty relaxed about his situation.
He has a long-term deal at the club, and Moyes has hinted recently that any potential suitor will have to pay over £100 million to secure his signature.
Having said that, West Ham need to sign a striker in January. The likes of Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma have done well in the absence of Antonio, but another top-striker is required.
In other West Ham news, we believe that the Hammers will make a move for a teenage sensation after a new development this week.
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