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West Ham dealt blow as £70,000-a-week demands issued by talented attacker

Michail Antonio has been one of few shining lights in a pretty dark season at West Ham, so The Guardian’s revelation that contract talks with the winger have stalled as he holds out for a £70,000-per-week deal have left Hammers in the Transfer Tavern deflated.

The 27-year-old, who is set to miss the rest of the campaign with a hamstring injury, remains the Irons’ top goalscorer in Premier League action with nine efforts to his name, which is some feat given that a significant chunk of his game time has come at right-back.

As a result, West Ham are seemingly keen to tie him to the club long-term, but The Guardian have revealed that his wage demands are an issue.

It’s understood that the club’s most recent offer has been rebuffed by the player’s camp, with the proposal seen as not in line with his recent performance levels.

Antonio only penned a fresh contract last summer, which doesn’t expire until 2020.

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