June 15, 2024

West Ham United’s contract news comes amid Premier League transfer rumors about Michail Antonio.

Despite concerns over his future, West Ham United are preparing to initiate contract discussions with Michail Antonio, according to the Sunday People.

The newspaper stated on Sunday (17 September, page 63) that the Irons seek to extend the Jamaican international’s tenure at the London Stadium, as he has just entered the final year of his contract and has been the focus of much transfer speculation.

Clubs in the Saudi Pro League and other Premier League opponents have expressed interest in signing the 33-year-old forward, but considering his strong start to the season and the Irons’ inability to acquire a new centre-forward, West Ham wish to offer Antonio a new contract.

“He remains a key figure in the dressing room, too, and with the Hammers failing to sign another striker during the transfer window, Moyes wants to get his signing wrapped up,” Tom Hopkinson said, explaining the Irons’ decision.

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West Ham United and David Moyes cannot afford to let Antonio leave on a free transfer at the end of the season. He is not only an important member of the Irons’ squad, but he has also shown to be their most dependable striker during his tenure in East London.

The 33-year-old has been crucial to the Hammers’ early season success, and no matter the opposition, he gives defenders difficulties with his excellent physicality and tormenting pace.

While there may be a desire to improve and modernize the squad in the approaching transfer window, finding dependable strikers has always been an issue at the London Stadium, and while Antonio may not be the most prolific, he is the most reliable.

The Hammers can continue to recruit around the Jamaican international in the aim of finally finding that 20-goal-a-season player, but they would be far better off ensuring that their present number nine is locked down for the long term.

Hopefully, a deal can be completed sooner rather than later, before the riches of the Saudi Pro League and Al-Ettifaq come knocking and talks of a January exit or pre-contract agreement resume.

In other West Ham news, following Fulham’s contract news, Moyes may get a free run at Scott McTominay in January.

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