Leeds should move for Antonio if they are promoted

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West Ham United are said to be open to the possibility of selling Michel Antonio, and Leeds United should move for the attacker if they are promoted to the Premier League.

What’s the word, then?

Antonio led the West Ham line in their Premier League clash with Chelsea at the weekend, and caused the Blues a number of problems with his pace and power.

The 28-year-old was guilty of missing a couple of excellent chances, however, and he is yet to get off the mark in terms of goals this season.

West Ham are said to be open to the possibility of selling Antonio, and he was linked with a move away from the London Stadium during the summer transfer window.

A record of 21 goals and 11 assists in 96 West Ham appearances is actually pretty good for a player who does not operate as a centre-forward.

Antonio also has a contract with the Hammers until the summer of 2021, but he might fancy a change of scenery at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

Why should Leeds move for Antonio?

Any move would hinge on whether Leeds can secure promotion to the top flight this season.

The Whites are currently top of the Championship table on 18 points, and certainly look capable of making a strong play for promotion to the Premier League this term.

Leeds have a very talented squad, but would need to spend next summer to compete in the top flight, and Antonio would be a clever signing when considering his experience.

The Englishman certainly has his flaws, but could become a favourite with the Leeds fans due to his pace, power and ability to unnerve opposition defences.

Valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, it is unlikely that Leeds would have to break the bank for a player with 81 Premier League appearances, and Bielsa’s team should make their move this summer if they can secure promotion.