Date: 31st December 2020 at 8:00pm
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In-the-know podcaster @ExWHUemployee has recently provided a contract update on West Ham United’s first-team squad.

Next summer, there are as many as five permanent first-team players in David Moyes’ squad that will see their existing deals with the club expire (per Transfermarkt).

Up until recently, that figure was six players, as the Hammers agreed a new contract with Michail Antonio until 2023 earlier this month (via The Guardian).

The five players which will see their contracts expire before next season are Lukasz Fabianski, David Martin, Fabian Balbuena, Mark Noble and Robert Snodgrass.

During the latest episode of The West Ham Way Podcast, @ExWHUemployee provided a contract update on the talks over new deals for the players. (1:01:38)

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He said: “They’re also hoping to finalise a few new contracts for players in the next, coming weeks.

“That should be some of the first bits of business in January – to get a few players tied down.

“The likes of Fabianski, [they’re] talking to Noble about his future, and Balbuena, a few like that.

“So, I think that will start to come in the news in the next couple of weeks.”

TIF Thoughts on @ExWHUemployee’s contract update…

As can be seen in what the in-the-know podcaster had to say, it seems that there will be some contract news for Hammers fans in the near future.

Which of these players would you most like to see sign a new contract?

Noble

Noble

Fabianski

Fabianski

Snodgrass

Snodgrass

Balbuena

Balbuena

It seems likely that two players on the list that West Ham fans would most like to see their contracts renewed are Balbuena and Fabianski. That is due to the fact that both players have held key roles for the club this season.

After 12 league outings, the Paraguayan defender is the club’s ninth-best performer and after 16 games the Polish ‘keeper is their 13th-best performer (per WhoScored).

Meanwhile, Noble and Snodgrass have been the Irons’ two worst-performing players in the top flight so far this season, while Martin has not made a single appearance.