Chelsea and Everton linked striker Michail Antonio admits to talks as speculation intensifies over West Ham exit ahead of the transfer deadline.
West Ham are said to be in the market for another striker before the window closes next week – and so too are Everton and Chelsea it seems.
Everton and Wolves are reportedly very keen on signing the West Ham forward this month (BBC Sport).
And according to The Guardian – as also reported by The Metro – Chelsea’s injury crisis saw them enquire about the possibility of taking the West Ham forward on a cheap loan until the end of the season.
Antonio played a big part in West Ham’s vital 2-0 win over Everton at the weekend, setting up Jarrod Bowen’s second goal.
Antonio completely contradicted himself regarding West Ham signing a new striker over the last year.
First he urged the club to bring a new forward in to help share the goalscoring burden. But since Gianluca Scamacca arrived and took his place, Antonio has complained about his lack of game time and appears somewhat demotivated.
The clock is ticking on the window and both Everton and Chelsea are said to be actively looking for signings.
Now Chelsea and Everton linked striker Antonio has admitted to West Ham talks ahead of the transfer deadline.
Speaking on the latest The Footballer’s Football Podcast, Antonio did not name Chelsea or Everton but admitted ‘there’s been talks’ while conceding he could leave the Hammers.
And his comments will certainly prove interesting to fans of West Ham, Chelsea and Everton.
“Honestly, I’ve not ruled anything out. That’s all I can say,” Antonio said on The Footballer’s Football Podcast.
“Nothing has been ruled out. There are talks, so whatever happens, happens.”
BBC Sport claims West Ham are open to selling Antonio but do not want to loan him out. And that would suggest the club are actively looking to sign another striker despite bringing in Danny Ings.
Speaking on the podcast Antonio says he has loved his time at West Ham and will be sad if he leaves. But is refusing to rule anything out after the links to Everton and Chelsea.
“It’s just one of those things. I’m not saying goodbye, I’m saying basically, if it happens, it happens and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t,” Antonio added on The Footballer’s Football Podcast.
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