Slaven Bilic confirms Michail Antonio contract talks

Doyle BarkerJan 20, 2017

Payet is up for grabs after telling West Ham he wants to leave east London as soon as possible. With that being said, a lot of fans don't mind the fact players want to leave their beloved clubs, as they always expect it, but the way in which Dimitri Payet has handled his desire to leave is despicable. We took our stand very clearly and it stays the same. We don't want to sell our best players since we want to improve.

"We are not looking for big numbers as I have strong belief in our qualities now in the dressing room, but we need one or two players".

The 26-year-old has been in dazzling form for the Hammers this season, having a hand in more goals than any other player in Slaven Bilic's squad. He impressed for his national side at Euro 2016 and his late victor in their opening game was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the tournament.

Bilic is closing in on an £10m deal for Southampton's Portugal defender Jose Fonte which will net the veteran defender £100,000 a week.

Manager Aitor Karanka is hoping history repeats itself when his Middlesbrough team host West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday, with a positive result helping to spur his side away from the relegation zone.

"Are any deals close?"

Come on, how many times are we going to get the opportunity to make that reference? "Hopefully (we'll) have something to announce in 24 hours".

Bilic is also keen to tie Michail Antonio to a new contract with Chelsea reportedly interested in the winger.

Antonio was on-fire last weekend against Crystal Palace, securing all three assists in a 3-0 win for the Hammers, and has been directly involved in 11 of West Ham's goals this season- making him involved in an astonishing 42.3% of West Ham's Premier League goals.

"I remember the time you sign somewhere and you were linked with the whole club for your whole career - you could not even move".

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