Antonio doubts grow


AntonioFears are growing for Michail Antonio’s West Ham future with Slaven Bilic still keeping an eye on Beskitas winger Gokhan Tore.

And the one way the Irons could move for  the player would be to offload the former Forest star who still has to make a first team debut.

The Hammers have again been linked with Everton’s Kevin Miralles who was a serious target in the summer before signing a new deal but Bilic has spoken in the past of his great admiration for Tore.

He is on the record as saying that they would love to have brought him to Upton Park last summer but said “the timing was wrong.”

But he too finds himself in the cold at Goodison and commented that he may again have to look at his position if things haven’t changed in January after struggling to force his way into Roberto Martinez’s plans.

The Hammers have repeatedly claimed they have no cash in the kitty for a transfer market raid in January but possibly significantly have consistently refused to give an explanation of Antonio’s current position.

A senior source, however, talking to ClaretandHugh has admitted that the 25 year old is likely to have to show to show a lot of patience before adding with heavy emphasis that “anything is possible in this game.”

And it is well known that several Premier League outfits were tracking Antonio which acted as a spur for the Irons to move in on deadline day.

Our source said: “The lad is showing fantastic character and it can’t be easy for him. Anything is possible in this game . Many inside the club are surprised that we haven’t seen him in action at all for the first team apart from as a sub at Manchester City. It would be good to see him get his chance, perhaps even this weekend.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Daboiflip says:

    No matter what anyone says there is something going on behond the scenes regarding antonio many say we shouldnt change the team but moses is gwtting worse and last week he should of played why would you play sakho on the wing when we have a winger its like putting to left feet on but having a right show next to you so either he is not rated or not what they thought he was or he is some sort of secret either way the bloke must be gutted and angry amd i feel for him his nkt even been given a fair chance but some one who is least deserved of a place is playing and his not

  • bubbles says:

    I totally agree….something is going on . Moses is poor most of the time and a shuffle of the pack is needed . Carrol is not the answer , so Sakho must play up front with support from the wings . Thank God the referees have got one thing right . We don,t have to watch Noble being given the run around . No pace , no vision , no good . He is letting the defence down by offering no cover . Hope Song is fit enough for the weekend.

  • bubs says:

    Why have him on the bench if you don’t rate him ?
    The selection for last week is still very confusing and we were told Slav tried lots of things in training,maybe watching the players play in there best position would be great,
    If we are not going to play him sell him and bring in someone who will give us options

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