According to reports in The Mirror, (yes, I know their record when it comes to this sort of thing is woeful) West Ham have now told right-winger Michail Antonio that they’ll be listening to any offers that come in for him over the summer, alerting Crystal Palace in the process.
Despite playing almost 100 times for the Hammers since first joining them back in 2015, the former Nottingham Forest man is believed to have been told that he’s not a part of Manuel Pellegrini’s long-term plans at the London Stadium and is therefore free to leave for pastures new, should an appropriately sized bid come in for him during the current widow.
Whilst the Eagles already have Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend operating on either flank, Roy Hodgson has spoken openly about his hopes of securing extra attacking options ahead of next season, with Antonio’s skill-set seemingly fitting the bill at first glance. Known well to Palace’s Sporting Director Dougie Freedman given the time the pair spent together at Forest, I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling as though Antonio could flourish in red and blue with the right level of support from the stands.
Having scored a mightily impressive 20 in just 76 Premier League appearances, there’s no denying the 28-year-old’s eye for goal and having been born in Wandsworth and brought up in south London (Freedman first spotted him when he was on Tooting & Mitcham’s books) I’m sure he’d quickly feel at home, were he to make the switch south of the river.
Although no one can be sure of the fee West Ham would demand for his services, the mere fact that they appear to be shopping him to rival Premier League clubs at the start of the transfer window would suggest they won’t be looking for anything too astronomical, with £15 million (as a pure guess) the sort of bid worth making to test the water.
Would you like to see Antonio turning out in red and blue next season?