Wolves have been linked with a move for Michail Antonio – but West Ham United reportedly don’t want to let him leave.
It has been reported that Wolves are again keen to sign Craig Dawson, after missing out on him in the last transfer window.
But it is also being suggested that Wanderers would be open to signing Antonio if the Hammers would listen to offers.
His contract expires in the summer of 2024, so it’s potentially one last chance for West Ham to get decent money for the player.
But the Express & Star have reported today that West Ham are reluctant to let him go.
They are currently blocking any potential move to Wolves for the player.
It is suggested that as Wolves and West Ham are currently relegation rivals, this may be why negotiations could be difficult.
At the moment, West Ham are just one point above Wolves in the Premier League table.
It remains to be seen if their stance will change.
They are being heavily linked with a move for Youssef En-Nesyri – Julen Lopetegui’s former striker at Sevilla. It might be that if he comes in, they’ll be more willing to let Antonio go.
The links to £85,000-a-week star Antonio are somewhat surprising.
Wolves have just brought in Matheus Cunha, and also have Raul Jimenez and Diego Costa.
It could well be that Antonio would only be pursued if Jimenez was to leave. The Mexican has been linked with a move to the MLS recently.
West Ham’s current stance over Michail Antonio is completely understandable
It is no surprise that West Ham would be reluctant to do business with Wolves over Antonio.
Wolves have seriously struggled to score goals this season. So why would West Ham want to help them fix their biggest issue? Especially since the two clubs are so close to each other in the table.
But perhaps money will talk.
And surely if En-Nesyri signs for the Irons, there’ll be more of a chance of Antonio heading to Molineux.
It will be really interesting to see how this situation develops.
It is stated that Wolves have a long-standing interest in the player. So perhaps they’ll really put the pressure on West Ham.