Mind made up: West Ham star man to quit after offered far less money than Fonte and Snodgrass - Times
By Russell Edge
Michail Antonio has set his sights on a move away from West Ham this summer after a sensational contract dispute, according to a report.
The Times claim that the English midfielder wants to leave the club after becoming unhappy with the wages being offered during talks over a new deal.
The report states that Antonio was left unimpressed at being offered a salary “significantly lower” than that of the club’s January signings Jose Fonte and Robert Snodgrass.
West Ham are hopeful of reigniting contract talks over the summer, although Antonio, who still has four years left on his existing contract, is said to have made his mind up.
It also claims that Antonio’s unhappiness at the London club has been made worse by the way his hamstring injury has been handled, the player believing to have been rushed back too early and leaving him with damage which will keep him out of the rest of the season.
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Football Insider verdict:
If Michail Antonio truly does want to leave West Ham in the summer, then it will be a huge blow for the club. They already lost their best player in Dimitri Payet in January after he became frustrated with the direction the club was taking, and it looks like they are about to lose another of their stars. Antonio, who has been called up to the England squad three times so far, has scored nine goals for the Hammers this season and has played a pivotal role in the way his side play. At 27-years-old, he is playing at the peak of his abilities, and boss Slavan Bilic will be furious that a contract is set to drive one of his brightest stars away. If he is adamant on departure, then West Ham need to do what they did with Payet and demand the best price possible.
In other West Ham news, Slavan Bilic has offered his assessment of this 33-year-old.