West Ham in talks to make Michail Antonio one of club’s top earners with bumper new contract… after forward saved the Hammers from Premier League relegation following best goalscoring form of his career
- Michael Antonio has just one year left on his current £65,000-a-week contract
- The West Ham forward is set to be rewarded for his excellent end-of-season form
- Davis Moyes preferred Antonio over Sebastien Haller to spearhead his side
- Antonio scored 10 Premier League goals in his best season of his career to date
West Ham are in talks to make Michail Antonio one of their top earners after he inspired them to Premier League survival.
The Hammers have held discussions over a new long-term deal with talisman Antonio that would see him climb up their wage structure, which is topped by the likes of Andriy Yarmalenko, Sebastian Haller and Jack Wilshere who are all on deals worth at least £100,000-per-week.
Antonio has one year left on his current deal worth in the region of £65,000-per-week. Manager David Moyes revealed West Ham have an option to extend his contract but Antonio has been earmarked for an improved deal after finishing the season in the best form of his career.
Michail Antonio is in talks over a new deal at West Ham after his brilliant end-of-season form
The versatile forward hit the 10 Premier League goal mark for the first time and was West Ham’s star performer during their survival run in.
The 30 year-old scored eight goals in his final seven games to keep West Ham in the Premier League. Four of his goals came in a stunning performance at Norwich.
He grabbed all of the goals for Moyes’ side in a 4-0 win at Carrow Road, becoming the first West Ham player ever to score four times in a Premier League game.
Moyes preferred Antonio over Haller to spearhead his side during Project Restart and the decision paid off, with the Londoner underlining just how crucial he is to the attacking threat West Ham pose.
Antonio only has one year left on his £65,000-a-week deal but is set for a salary increase
He finished the season as the West Ham player with the most goals, expected goals, shots, shots on target, dribbles, dribbles that lead to shots and the number of goals scored by the team while he was on the pitch.
He was also among the top performing forwards across the league in various attacking categories including dribbles, crosses and through balls. Antonio is also a popular figure around the club, with his community work and support for the club’s academy prospects in particular valued by Hammers chiefs.
Antonio has been at West Ham since 2015, scoring 36 times in 109 starts, while playing in a variety of positions from right back to striker. He started out in non-league football at Tooting & Mitcham before being snapped up by Reading.
He had further permanent stints at Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest before moving to West Ham where he has settled and enjoyed the longest spell of his career.
David Moyes’ trust in Antonio paid off as the Hammers avoided Premier League relegation