Nottingham Forest are interested in signing former forward Michail Antonio, according to The Mirror (Print Edition; 29/01; page 78). The Reds sold the Jamaica international to the Hammers for £7 million back in 2015, with Forest struggling financially.

Forest are in the market for another attacking player before Tuesday’s transfer deadline. The Reds would dearly love to add an injection of pace to their ranks and Antonio is on the radar of Steve Cooper.

Now, the forward has fallen out of favour at West Ham under David Moyes. He’s started just nine games in the Premier League this season, scoring five goals in all competitions.

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It’s not clear at this stage whether West Ham will sell Antonio this month. Forest aren’t the only club that wants him before Tuesday, with Everton and Wolves also eyeing a move.

The 32-year-old has grown as a player since leaving Forest. He’s evolved into a striker and has found the net 66 times during 254 outings for the Hammers, claiming 42 assists too.

Forest sold Antonio for £7 million. Even if the Hammers do decide to offload him with 18 months left on his current deal, it seems likely that West Ham will want to make a profit.

Furthermore, he earns £69,000-a-week at the London Stadium. As a result, he wouldn’t come cheap to the Reds who are hoping to strengthen before Tuesday’s deadline.

Forest interested in Antonio

This would be a brilliant deal for the Reds. Antonio is a proven Premier League performer and he would provide an injection of pace to the Forest frontline should he sign this month.

Antonio was worshipped on Trentside. It did end in tears, with West Ham appearing to turn his head but ultimately, he’s made a great career for himself in the Premier League.

His form at the City Ground was amazing. He scored 19 goals and registered 15 assists during 54 appearances in all competitions.

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Still, fans should have forgiven him for that now. His departure allowed Forest to recoup a much-needed transfer fee at a time when they were in the midst of a transfer embargo.

Rumour rating: 9/10 – Get. It. Done! This would be an incredible deal for Forest, even if Antonio is now 32-years-old.

He was very impressive as the Reds beat West Ham in August and he would still offer some pace to the attack.

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