West Ham ready to offload Antonio in £20m January deal

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West Ham have slapped a £20m price-tag on the head of Michail Antonio and will look to secure a sale in January, according to The West Ham Way.

What’s the word?

Manuel Pellegrini significantly bolstered his West Ham squad over the course of the summer by splashing over £100m on new recruits and it seems the former Manchester City boss is ready to cull his quota of stars in the January window.

The West Ham Way suggests 28-year-old Michail Antonio, who earns £70,000-a-week according to the Daily Mail, has been disappointing behind the scenes and it appears his time in East London could be coming to a close as a result, as the Hammers prepare to offload the former Nottingham Forest man.

West Ham are seeking a fee of around £20m for Antonio, who is yet to score or register an assist in five matches this season, and the signings of Lucas Perez, Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson have made him expendable.

Should they sell?

Struggling to perform this season and only scoring three goals in 21 league appearances last term, Michail Antonio seems a long way off the sort of performances that saw him net nine Premier League goals during the 2016-17 season.

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Given his major decline and the fact that Pellegrini’s signings have left him fighting for first-team opportunities, West Ham are correct in their decision to want to push the 28-year-old out of the door – but it would take a miracle for them to land a fee of £20m.

Antonio’s performances in the past year have done very little to suggest he is worth such a significant price-tag and West Ham may well have to reduce their demands if they are to axe the Slaven Bilic favourite from their squad.

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