Former Nottingham Forest star Michail Antonio has admitted that he would love to see the Reds promoted to the Premier League this season.
The former Reds speed demon was talking on The Footballer’s Football Podcast that he hosts alongside Newcastle star Callum Wilson.
Forest face Sheffield United over two legs and if they come through that they will face either Huddersfield or Luton at Wembley for a place in the top-flight.
The 32-year-old has been at the Hammers since they paid £7 million to sign him from Forest in 2015.
At the London Stadium, he’s grown as a player and is largely viewed as a centre forward these days by David Moyes.
This season he has scored 12 times and claimed 10 assists with West Ham once again on the cusp of qualifying for European football.
He made 54 appearances for Forest; scoring 19 goals and claiming 15 assists before making the switch to play in the Premier League.
Now, he’s weighed in on the promotion race and he’d love to see his former club get themselves over the line.
He told The Footballer’s Football Podcast: “Everyone knows who I want to come up, it’s Forest because it’s a club that I’ve been at, I’m very fond of the club and I enjoyed every moment of being there.
“To be fair, it’s a massive club, European Champions back in the day and the Premier League is where they deserve to be.
Antonio would love Forest promoted and he still cares deeply about the club
It seems crystal clear that Forest are still a club that the West Ham forward holds dear to his heart. He held a desire to move to the Premier League in 2015 and the Reds were powerless to prevent him from leaving.
There were no hard feelings though. At that time, the Reds needed the cash, with Dougie Freedman’s hands tied due to an ongoing transfer embargo.
Forest would dearly love to be mixing it alongside Antonio’s West Ham next season and they must now focus on the play-offs.