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4th Jan, 2017 | 6:12am

Sky: West Ham make emphatic decision on senior attacker, deal to be offered if this happens

By Amir Mir

West Ham are not interested in selling attacking midfielder Michail Antonio, according to a report.

Sky Sports claim the Hammers don’t wish to sell their senior attacker, nor has an approach been made for the 26-year-old.

The Sun previously claimed that current Premier League leaders Chelsea have identified Antonio as a potential January transfer target.

However, it is reported by Sky that Antonio will be offered a new deal by the Irons if his good form this season continues.

Antonio, who signed a new four-year deal in July, joined the club from Nottingham Forest in 2015 for a fee of £7 million.

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The former Championship player has played 19 Premier League games this term, scoring eight goals and supplying one assist.

These performances won him a call-up to the England set-up by then manager Sam Allardyce, but the powerful attacker is yet to represent his home country.

Football Insider verdict:

Michail Antonio would be making a bad move if he were to join Chelsea in January. The England international is getting regular game time in east London and that would not be guaranteed at Stamford Bridge. Additionally, he should repay the faith supporters have shown to him since he joined the club by helping them avoid relegation this season. Antonio is currently the club’s top scorer with eight goals and his absence could see them struggle even further in the league. 

In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers would be better off selling this disinterested senior player.