West Ham set to open contract talks with in-form ace


West Ham United enjoyed a thumping win at the weekend.

Up against a Norwich City side battling for their Premier League lives, David Moyes’ side pulled off perhaps their best performance of the season.

Knowing that Norwich needed to win to stay in the division, the Hammers took them apart, winning 4-0 at Carrow Road, handing Daniel Farke’s men their 24th defeat of the season.

One of the most remarkable parts of the win was West Ham’s goalscorer, with Michail Antonio managing to score all four of his side’s goals.

Norwich were roundly unable to keep up with the forward, who can play pretty much anywhere for the Irons.

He had scored just four goals before the clash, doubling his tally across 90 minutes.

It is all the more eye-catching because Antonio’s contract expires at the end of next season and he has yet to commit his future to the London Stadium club.

However, Football Insider now reports that the Hammers are poised to offer him a new contract that will keep him at the club until he is 33.


He will be handed a deal that runs for another two years with the option of a further 12 months, and Antonio is keen to stay in east London.

He has been in excellent form since Project Restart began, also scoring against Chelsea and Newcastle United as the Irons battle relegation.

They are currently three points clear of AFC Bournemouth in 18th but they take on 17th-placed Watford in their next game; that is a six-pointer.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

Antonio has been absolutely brilliant for the Hammers in recent weeks.

He can spearhead the club’s attack, scoring goals, registering assists, and tormenting defenders throughout the 90 minutes.

He has a potent cocktail of dribbling ability, genuine, searing pace, and the muscular frame needed to hold off those who try to man-mark him.

As the season has progressed, it has become clear that he may be the perfect player for Moyes’ system, and he was given his due rewards on Saturday with a brilliant performance.

It has left the Hammers tantalisingly close to survival, and Antonio has to be rewarded for his form.

A new deal is the least West Ham can do.

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