Multiple reports have linked Michail Antonio with a move to Crystal Palace, but West Ham fans are desperate for the Englishman to remain a Hammer.
According to popular West Ham insider ExWHUemployee, Palace’s interest in Antonio is very serious, but the Eagles will have to up their bid to sign him.
Some reports have suggested a fee as low as £15m, but it seems the Hammers will hold out for a lot more as they look to balance the books after their incredible summer spending spree.
The Irons have already started their pre-season under the guidance of Manuel Pellegrini, and Antonio may yet impress enough to keep his place.
That’s clearly what the fans want, as the 28 year-old winger was in fantastic form before his injury issues started, and was particularly potent in the Hammers’ farewell season at the Boleyn Ground.
The 5 ft 11 attacker has bags of pace and power, and has scored 20 league goals for West Ham since making the jump from Nottingham Forest in 2015.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below, where fans are praying he gets the chance to prove himself to the new boss…
Is it just me that doesn’t want to sell him hope we keep him.
— biffo whu foster (@biffo1305) July 16, 2018
Why would we sell him a great young player & will only get better..
— mark (@westhambrown) July 16, 2018
I think Antonio is a useful asset, but I guess we have to pay the bills somehow.
— 2Dubya (@CouchPotatoUK) July 16, 2018
Why would we want to sell him?? FFS one of our creative players and a great rounder with pace🤔
— James Darvill (@JamesDarvill5) July 16, 2018
We lose Carroll so KEEP HIM!
— Dunc9 (@WHU99) July 16, 2018
I think we should keep him if we can get him fit and wanting to play for us again! Plus play him in the position he wants to be and not defending
— West HamFamily, COYI (@Smackit0) July 17, 2018
— Bexley United FC (@Bexley_utd) July 17, 2018
Keep hold of him, cracking player when fit and played in an attacking role. Need a strong squad not just first 11 ⚒
— James Kavanagh (@kav_20) July 17, 2018
The better version of Antonio was when he played upfront, now with Carroll injured, could be a good striker back up.
— Wolf Nine (@Wolf_Nine9) July 17, 2018