West Ham striker Michail Antonio will be more likely to commit his future to the club if manager David Moyes signs a new contract.
That is according to former Manchester City midfielder Michael Brown, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge about the 30-year-old’s situation at the London Stadium.
As revealed by Football Insider in October, the Hammers are planning to tie Antonio down to a new contract at the London Stadium despite having an option to extend his current terms by a year.
Moyes’ contract runs out at the end of the season and he revealed last week that discussions about a new deal have not happened despite the Hammers’ impressive start to the season.
Before their 3-1 loss to Manchester United on Saturday, the Scotsman had led the club to fifth in the Premier League after a run of three consecutive victories.
Asked if Moyes’ future could impact contract talks with players, Brown told Football Insider: “I think everybody looks at the manager’s situation but everyone’s also aware of how quickly it can change in today’s market.
“Yeah, you look at it and go: ‘Well if the manager there really likes me, really picks me,’ I think it does help the situation.
“If you’re trying to get Michail Antonio to sign a new contract, David Moyes loves him, he gets on with David Moyes, if Moyes signs a new contract then yeah, you’re going to be in a healthy position to get that one over the line. They don’t really want to leave their business too late.”
Antonio began the campaign in similar form to how he ended last season and was on a run of 11 goals in 13 games before picking up a hamstring injury.
He returned to the side last Monday but was substituted at half-time and did not make the matchday squad against Man Utd at the weekend.
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