Wolves target Michail Antonio open to West Ham exit - journalist
Journalist Alex Crook has claimed on talkSPORT that he has been told that Michail Antonio would potentially be open to leaving West Ham amid interest from Wolves in the January transfer window.
Antonio could seemingly be a surprise mover this month. He has been an absolutely brilliant servant for the Hammers, with 107 goal involvements in 252 games in all competitions. He has scored 58 times in the top-flight.
However, the 32-year-old has been more of a fringe player this season. He has been a backup to Gianluca Scamacca. And with that, he has only scored two goals in the Premier League.
Michail Antonio open to West Ham exit amid Wolves links
Wolves reportedly want the forward, with Julen Lopetegui a fan of the Jamaica international. Crook insisted that West Ham would only be willing to listen to offers for Antonio if another striker came in.
But interestingly, the reporter added that Antonio is not going to shut the door on the idea of moving to Molineux.
“I’m told the player himself possibly is open to a new challenge,” he told talkSPORT. “I think his contract is due to expire at the end of the season, but he’s got a year option at the end of that. So he’s effectively into the last 18 months of his deal.
“And Wolverhampton Wanders would be keen if he was made available.”
It is hard to imagine Antonio leaving the London Stadium. He has been such an integral part of their side over the last few years, all the way back to their final season at the Boleyn Ground.
And if he did go, he would not only be leaving, but he would potentially be joining a relegation rival in the Premier League. Wolves are two places and one point below the Irons right now. And their form of late has actually been better.
So it really would not be the best look for David Moyes’ men if they let Antonio go and he went on to really thrive at Wolves in the second-half of the season.
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