By Danny Mills

16th Jul, 2020 | 8:30pm

Exclusive: West Ham tipped to agree new deal with 'Exceptional' forward

Danny Mills has tipped West Ham to hand Michail Antonio a new and improved contract following his heroics since the restart.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, was adamant that David Moyes would want to keep hold of the 30-year-old for the foreseeable future.

The Englishman has entered the final 12 months of his current contract at the London Stadium.

Football Insider understands that the club are to offer the versatile forward a two-year contract extension with the option of a further year.

Antonio currently earns £70,000-a-week including bonuses but Mills suggested that recent form could see that deal bettered.

“I would be very surprised if he is not offered an improved contract because he is brilliant to have in your team,” he told Football Insider. “His work rate is exceptional.

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“West Ham have fighting spirit from their manager all of the way through to the players and that is what is needed in a relegation fight.

“That sort of player is fantastic. Whether he starts or whether he is on the bench his enthusiasm and work rate is infectious.

“His goals come from sheer hard work and determination. He is the sort of player they will want to keep no matter what.”

Antonio starred last weekend as David Moyes’s side strengthened their survival bid with a 4-0 thrashing of Norwich City at Carrow Road.

The striker scored all four goals of the game and grabbed his first career hat-trick in the process.

In other West Ham news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider lucrative transfer would be “good deal for both parties” after Athletic reveal.

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