“Realistic” Antonio knows what’s needed ahead of new deal


Michail Antonio”s sensational end to the season was a massive achievement but talk of him getting a big time new contract as a result would be wildly optimistic.

There have even been suggestions that he could hit the £100,00 a week mark but the Irons will take a very close look at his form and fitness before making the sort of offers which have plunged them into trouble in the past.

The club are deeply aware that the lengthy deals they agreed with the likes of Cresswell, Masuaku and Lanzini in the past have come back ad bit them hard since Covid.

And although there is no danger of Antonio leaving the club with the Hammers holding a two year option on his future, he certainly wont be catapulted to the top of the club’s earner ahead of his 31st birthday next March.

Claretandhugh was told by a well placed source; “Michael has been brilliant for the club since he joined for £7 million nearly six years ago.

“We hold a two year option on him and we know he is happy and a lad who will be sensible about finances in what is could  be his last deal with us.

“He knows his injury track record and that he needs to show the sort of form he demonstrated towards the end of the campaign over a few months. We are all confident he will finish his career here.

“Michail is a very professional and realistic professional – he knows what’s required.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Dave says:

    Must look at Jack Wilshire amongst others and look at his performances and wonder why he shouldn’t be a top earner at the club.
    its only natural to be annoyed if he is not on parity.

  • mooro66uk says:

    That means we have to get rid of the ridiculously over paid players not make them all as ridiculously overpaid.

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