Nottingham Forest lining up 'sensational' transfer move for City Ground favourite

Michail Antonio of West Ham United warms up prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on September 16, 2023
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Nottingham Forest are ‘watching’ the availability of Michail Antonio with a view to a romantic reunion with the former Reds favourite.

That’s according to The Sun who say the 34-year-old is expected to leave West Ham this summer, after nine seasons with the Premier League outfit.

However, the Hammers are under new management this summer and with Julen Lopetegui coming in for David Moyes, the report says Antonio will be ‘surplus to requirements’.

They say the 34-year-old believes he can play for another couple of seasons at the top level and despite interest from overseas would prefer to stay in the Premier League as long as the right opportunity emerges.

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Antonio missed three months of last season due to injury and ended up scoring seven goals in 32 appearances in all competitions. That brings his West Ham total to an excellent 67 from 254 matches.

The story says there are two MLS teams keen on the Jamaica international and that RB Leipzig head a line of clubs in Germany. Forest and Fulham are named as the two Premier League teams that are interested.

Antonio is fondly remember at the City Ground who played for the club in 2014/15 when he scored 14 goals and played in every Championship match. The Sun say Forest see Antonio as another source of goals for a team that was among the lowest scorers last season.

Only Burnley, Everton and Sheffield United had a smaller goal return. Antonio has one year left on his contract although the Hammers have the option of extending to 2026.

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