West Ham United defender Pablo Zabaleta is in line to get a new Hammers contract as the club are to reward him for positive recent form, according to The Mirror.

The veteran Argentine full-back has made the right-back position his own since moving to the London outfit on a free transfer from Manchester City last summer.

While his current West Ham deal is running down, the report suggests that the South American will get an automatic extension if he hits a certain games milestone this season.

Regardless of this, the newspaper also suggests that the Hammers hierarchy are keen to secure Zabaleta’s future at the London Stadium and hand him an extra 12 months on his current contract.

The combative defender has brought leadership and a will-to-win to the club and his experience will be critical in West Ham moving up the table.

While Zabaleta does not have the same turn of pace that he boasted in his City days, his presence and attitude speak volumes and should be an inspiration to those around him.

With Ryan Fredericks struggling to settle at West Ham, the ageing Argentine is an important man for the Irons and any talk of a new deal should come as music to the fans’ ears.