In Focus: Everton must hope that £20m is enough for West Ham to sell Antonio

According to The Mirror’s live transfer blog on Saturday (8:36pm), Everton manager Sam Allardyce is considering making a £20m move for West Ham United winger Michail Antonio, who only signed a new long-term deal worth £70,000-a-week in May.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Toffees look to be keen to bring in a new wide player with Arsenal’s Theo Walcott heavily linked, and it seems as though Antonio could be another option with The Mirror reporting that the Toffees could launch a bid for the 27-year-old.

The Mirror says that even though the England international is currently sidelined with a groin injury, he is expected to return to action soon and Allardyce is keeping tabs on the situation.

How has Antonio done this season?

The wide-man has endured a frustrating campaign with injuries meaning that he has been in and out of the team, although he has made 15 Premier League appearances for the Irons.

However, while he was their top goalscorer in the top flight last term he has only netted once this time around, and he is yet to pick up an assist for the east London outfit.

Even though he usually plays out wide, prior to his latest groin injury Antonio played as a centre-forward in five Premier League outings with Andy Carroll injured and Javier Hernandez struggling for form.

According to WhoScored.com, the 27-year-old has successfully completed 33 of the 65 dribbles he has attempted in the Premier League this season, while he has won 35 aerial duels.

Would he be a good signing for Everton?

He certainly would be, as long as he can keep himself fit.

The 27-year-old would add some much-needed pace and strength out wide for the Toffees, and his threat in the air at both ends of the pitch will also be a trait that Allardyce admires.

He still needs work on his defensive game, but if the Merseyside outfit could sign a player who should be approaching his prime for £20m they would probably be content.

Will they get him?

Considering he has been a regular under Moyes since he took over it would be a surprise if West Ham let him leave, but if £20m meets their valuation of the player and they can bring in a replacement it certainly shouldn’t be ruled out, although any deal could also depend on the severity of his injury.

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