REPORT: West Ham Man Could Be On His Way To Palace After All

2 Posted by - May 31, 2018 - News

A report in yesterday’s Guardian suggests that whilst West Ham are putting their foot down over Manchester United’s supposed plan to lure Marko Arnautovic away from The London Stadium, they would be open to the idea of selling winger Michail Antonio, if the price was right.

Crystal Palace have already been linked with the former Nottingham Forest man once in this transfer window and whilst a formal offer is still yet to be lodged, this apparent softening in West Ham’s stance could be all the encouragement those behind the scenes need to press ahead with a bid.

Whilst the Eagles already have Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha operating on the flanks, the uncertainty surrounding Bakary Sako’s immediate future, coupled with a lack of other feasible options in wide areas was always likely to lead Roy Hodgson into the transfer market this summer, with Antonio obviously looked upon as an ideal reinforcement to the Eagles already dangerous attacking line.

Known well to Palace’s Sporting Director Dougie Freedman thanks to the time the pair spent together at Forest, Michail is unlikely to be dead set against a move to Selhurst Park, having been born in Wandsworth and begun his career at local non-league side Tooting & Mitcham. With such a connection already in place and Palace having been linked with a move for a few weeks, we may well see some movement in the not too distant future.

Although no summer incomings have yet been finalised in SE25 (other than the pre-contract agreement with Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita) it’s pretty obvious, given the players we’re being consistently linked with, that Roy Hodgson and his coaching staff are keen to add to the pace and power we already have going forward in preparation for the new campaign.

We may or may not be able to work out the finer details of a deal for Antonio during this window but our intentions are clear and I for one am extremely happy about the direction the gaffer is looking to take the team in.

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  • terence carter May 31, 2018 - 7:32 am Reply

    every season we get these fancy stories.we fans are fed up with as yet stories.but were fed up with our hopes being raised,over,and over.less stories more cast iron fact.u know in the summer us fan,s like to recover from a very stressful season.u know what parish and company are like.there,l faff around.then panick at the eleventh hour.

  • Gordon May 31, 2018 - 9:15 am Reply

    Keep the transfer talk coming, Dan. I enjoy the speculation. Obviously, it’s a mixture of rumour, conjecture & fabrication (not on your part, I hasten to add!) but I prefer it to radio silence.

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh May 31, 2018 - 10:27 am Reply

    Antonio seems a little too injury prone to make his salary worthwhile. Given we’ve already beeen strongly linked to Antonio, Lafont, Dendoncker, Diop, Amadou, Ronnow and a few others already it would be nice to see the decision makers narrow their focus and swiftly sign the right player.

    What would be really nice if we did a liverpool and announced a player that no-one knew we were bidding for. Media speculation only increases selling club and player agent bargaining power and also alerts other clubs.

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