David Moyes was bullish in his assessment of Michail Antonio’s recent comments about the possibility of the striker leaving this January.

Antonio, who was again speaking on the BBC’s The Footballers Football Podcast earlier this week, openly admitted that he’s found this season tough, and could well be departing the club soon.

“Honestly, I’ve not ruled anything out,” stated Antonio when asked if a move is imminent.

”That’s all I can say. Nothing has been ruled out. There are talks, so whatever happens, happens.”

The comments from our Hammers number 9 has understandably caused much concern amongst all connected with the club, especially with the club struggling this season and in the midst of a relegation battle.

David Moyes, speaking to the press ahead of our FA Cup clash at Pride Park against Derby County on Monday night – as reported by Football London, dismissed that there should be speculation over his striker.

“It’s not the club talking about Micky Antonio, I think Micky is the one talking about it,” said the boss bluntly.

“Micky said it but we here have got no intention of doing anything. Sometimes players choose to do that, some of them want to go.

“But at the moment we want Mick here, we want him playing well, we want him scoring goals, and we’re happy to have him.”

The Hammers manager also provided a more positive update in regards to Danny Ings, stating that the new signing could be back soon from a knee injury.

“We don’t think it’s that bad and he’d be cup-tied anyway so we’ve got a little bit of grace there,” added Moyes.

”Hopefully he’s not going to miss too much. He’s had an injection in his knee and hopefully he can get back quickly.”