Michael Brown has tipped West Ham to open talks over handing three first-team players new contracts in the next year.
The former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes that David Moyes will want to keep Mark Noble, Michail Antonio and Robert Snodgrass around as important members of the dressing room.
The trio are among five players whose current deals run out in the summer of 2021.
All three have played a big part for the Hammers since Moyes took over from Manuel Pellegrini earlier this season.
With the trio heading towards the final year of their current terms in east London, Brown believes the club will look to tie them all down in the near future.
Asked if he thought the trio would be offered to stay, Brown told Football Insider: “Yeah. Mark Noble’s been an unbelievable servant, hasn’t he?”
“Michail Antonio, I’ve been really impressed with him, he’s a great character, I see him quite a bit, I think he’s done wonderful at times after his injury.
“Robert Snodgrass, one of the nicest, funniest guys you’ll ever see. A great player for West Ham, when they’ve really needed him he’s been there all day long and I think he’s a great character.
“You’ve got to look and think what kind of character do you want around the dressing room? You’d have Robert Snodgrass, Michail Antonio, good characters and Mark Noble’s a massive West Ham leader. These are the people I’d want in my team.”
Of the trio, Mark Noble has featured the most in the Premier League this season with 26 appearances and over 2000 minutes under his belt.
Snodgrass has played every league game since Moyes’ arrival as manager while fitness problems have limited Antonio’s game time this term.
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