West Ham make transfer decision – £85k-a-star will be a Hammer this January

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West Ham have now reportedly made the decision to keep hold of powerhouse striker Michail Antonio this January window.

After a brilliant season last year and a summer of spending – but things were expected from this Hammers side this season and hope of a Champions Push could be on the cards.

However – West Ham have failed to win in seven Premier League games since October 24 – collecting just one point out of 21 – to drop to second bottom in the Premier League – and now look to be in a real scrap to stay up.

The January signing of Danny Ings has led to some rumours in the media claiming that West Ham will not look to offload Antonio as he will no longer be needed at London Stadium.

However – according to Dean Jones – West Ham have now decided to keep hold of Antonio because the injury to Ings means that he will now be needed for the next couple of weeks at least.

Antonio recently opened up on the season so far – Speaking on the Footballers’ Football Podcast, he said: “We’ve changed the mark from let’s not get relegated to let’s push for the Champions League. We were jumping steps.

“We tried to change our philosophy. You can see, this season, we haven’t played the same way we’ve been playing the last two years. We’ve changed it slightly. We’ve brought in players to play through the thirds.

“Over the last couple of years, we’ve not really played much possession football. We kind of sat off teams and just countered. Because we’ve been up there in the top six, everyone up there plays possession football. They keep the ball, try to break teams down and score more free-flowing goals.

“You can see over the last few games; we’ve conceded more goals on counter-attacks than we ever had in the last two years. We’re open way more, expansive.

“Teams are countering us the way we would have countered them before. It’s a transition. We’re trying to transition to become a bigger team and, I’ve got to be honest, it ain’t working.”

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