Filed: Tuesday, 4th April 2017
By: Staff Writer
Michail Antonio is to be offered a new contract in the summer in order to keep him at West Ham.
The 27-year-old has been out of action for a fortnight due to injury, but is expected to be in the line-up when West Ham face Arsenal at the Emirates tomorrow night. And according to Slaven Bilic, Antonio will "definitely" be offered a new deal in the summer.
“He can definitely make the difference we need," said Bilic, addressing the media at his pre-Arsenal press conference. "Hhe is making that difference week-in, week-out, this season and last season after he came into the team over the Christmas period.
"He’s been doing it all the time and, as I said, it’s a big boost for us ahead of a big game against Arsenal."
The former Nottingham Forest winger joined West Ham on transfer deadline day in 2015 but had to wait until the end of November before being given a chance in the first team by Bilic.
Antonio, who cost West Ham £7million went on to score nine goals for the Hammers in 2015/16 which led to him signing a bumper new contract in July of last summer ahead of the club's US tour.
Pre-match press conference: Slaven Bilic [video] [14th Apr 2017]
Antonio ,Collins, Bilic & Carroll : Friday's news [7th Apr 2017]
New contract for Antonio, confirms Bilic [4th Apr 2017]
Derby rearranged - for Friday night [30th Mar 2017]
Bilic , Cresswell, Feghouli &Lanzini : Wednesday's news [29th Mar 2017]
Thanks, Mum, says Michail [26th Mar 2017]
No more Sakho this season [23rd Mar 2017]
Antonio withdrawn from England squad [20th Mar 2017]
In brief - Friday's news round-up [17th Mar 2017]
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