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West Ham facing a string of summer pay rise demands from unsettled stars

Date Posted,April 14, 2017

West Ham are facing a string of summer pay rise demands from some of their unsettled stars.

The decision to hand Jose Fonte and Robert Snodgrass big-money deals has caused unrest in the dressing room, Mirror Sport has learned.

Defender Fonte signed a £65,000-a-week deal when he moved to the London Stadium in January while midfielder Snodgrass’ terms are also believed to take him past the £60,000-a-week mark.

Fonte arrived for big money back in January (Photo: West Ham United FC/Getty images)
The Hammers unveil Snodgrass following his £10.2million move from Hull (Photo: West Ham United via Getty Images)

Their wage packets have raised eyebrows among their new teammates.

And Mirror Sport understands a number of senior Hammers players now want their pay deals reviewed in light of the pay structure shake up.

Fonte and Snodgrass have immediately gone in among West Ham’s biggest earners, below the highest Andy Carroll who is on a basic of £80,000-a-week, but ahead of the likes of captain Mark Noble, Winston Reid and Cheikhou Kouyate.

Carroll is the highest earner at the Hammers (Photo: REUTERS)

While they spent big to land Fonte and pip Burnley to Snodgrass, West Ham have yet to come up with an offer to satisfy key man Michail Antonio who believes he deserves at least parity with the new boys.

The nine-goal winger has been West Ham’s best player this season, following an impressive campaign last season, and was hoping his efforts and growing importance would be reflected in the new deal he was offered.

Michail Antonio of West Ham United celebrates scoring his team's third goal
Antonio is in contract talks with the Hammers over a new deal (Photo: Getty Images)

But the Hammers and Antonio’s representatives are still some way apart and the stalemate has alerted his suitors, who include Chelsea.

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