West Ham have been in the market looking at potential kit manufacturers from this summer onwards, and ExWHUEmployee has provided an update on the preferred brand.

As reported exclusively by The West Ham Way back in October last year, our current manufacturers Umbro had pressed ahead with designs for next seasons kit, despite the uncertainty surrounding their-longer term association with West Ham.

Ex has since revealed that discussions have taken place with other kit makers, including Nike, Adidas and Puma. Reporting on The West Ham Way Podcast, Ex has now revealed that a contract to make West Ham kits going forward from the end of this season is now all-but agreed.

West Ham are set to award the contract to Umbro, which will mean extending the long-standing relationship since Umbro took over from Adidas back in 2015. So unless a rival competitor comes forward with a more lucrative proposal, then Umbro is set to extend its long-term association with our Hammers.

The sportswear manufacturer has overseen one of the most important period of the clubs history, with West Ham moving from the Boleyn Ground to the London Stadium – providing a memorable Farewell Boleyn kit in the 2015/16 season.

As reported exclusively by Ex back in October, Umbro have been working on a ‘retro’ design for next season which will pay homage to the 1983/84 kit, most notably worn by Billy Bonds and Trevor Brooking, with the blue band around the middle when our sponsors were Avco Trust.

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