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Crystal Palace should make versatile Michail Antonio their top transfer target

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Crystal Palace should make versatile Michail Antonio their top transfer target

The Englishman has been a fringe player under David Moyes.

West Ham United winger Michail Antonio has been linked with a shock switch to London rivals Crystal Palace and Roy Hodgson should definitely make the 28-year-old their top transfer target this summer.

According to The Sun, Roy Hodgson has labelled Antonio as one of his key targets and the deal would make perfect sense with the Eagles preparing for whatever may happen with star player Wilfred Zaha.

The versatile winger has endured a frustrating campaign with the Hammers being restricted to just 16 Premier League starts this season and, even when fully fit, the former Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday man has not been a guaranteed starter under David Moyes.

However, the one-time England call-up remains one of the most popular, and useful, members of the West Ham squad. Playing as a lone striker on occasions and a menace down the flank, Antonio has also fulfilled right-back duties when needed.

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The rumour would not warm well to West Ham supporters who have seen Antonio as a fan favourite for many seasons in East London. The winger has been a reliable source of goals over the last few seasons, firing in 17 between 2015 and 2017 in the Premier League.

Both teams have successfully ensured their Premier League status for next season and with the right fee, West Ham may be open to listening to offers for the Englishman.

If Hodgson were to launch a serious charge for Antonio then he could be the final piece in the jigsaw for Palace to kick on and have a season a little less close to the drop.

An attacking three of Zaha, Andros Townsend and Antonio could be a real threat, with a capable striker ahead of them.

I am a freelance sports journalist currently studying sports journalism at Staffordshire University with a passion for all things football. I'm a keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club, as well as my local side Forest Green Rovers. I've worked for online newspaper VAVEL UK as well as a media assistant for Chester FC in the Vanarama National League.

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