West Ham fans react on Twitter as attacker reportedly set to agree terms
By Will Butcher
West Ham fans are revelling on Twitter in the news that Michail Antonio is set to reportedly sign a new five-year deal worth £18.2million.
The Guardian claimed that Antonio will pen a lucrative contract that will see his pay double to £70,000-a-week, as the Hammers look set to lose star player Dimitri Payet.
The former Reading and Southampton ace has been in fabulous form for this term, remaining at the top of his side’s goalscoring charts with eight strikes in just 20 Premier League outings.
West Ham fans reacted with delight on Twitter after learning of Antonio’s potential new deal. Some fans claimed that he should be offered as much as Payet, with the Guardian revealing that Payet is paid £125,000 a week.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— HammerandTalk (@hammerandtalk) January 18, 2017
— Joe Noakes (@Joe6Noakes) January 18, 2017
I like @Michailantonio even more not just for football reasons but he is great family guy. What West Ham is about I feel
— Tom Down (@TomDown3) January 18, 2017
— WACCA147 (@Wacca1970) January 18, 2017
love that man
— Sam Frazer-Bossom (@rafbone9) January 18, 2017
pay him what Payet was getting paid. He's worth it and more. Top lad and great team player.
— The Iron Hammer (@IronHammer45) January 18, 2017
he deserves it, few and far between the players that actually do
— chinny (@anthonyking564) January 18, 2017
geez should be on 100k
— Billy (@Billy_Chapman) January 18, 2017
Antonio was in fine form on Saturday after providing all three assists in the 3-0 triumph over London rivals Crystal Palace, including the cross for Andy Carroll’s magnificent overhead kick.
Since his move to the London Stadium from Championship side Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2015, Antonio has has scored 17 goals in 60 league and cup outings.
In other West Ham news, this Premier League captain is on the radar of Slaven Bilic.