West Ham United could face a fight to keep Michail Antonio after the player has impressed Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, according to The Evening Standard.
The adaptable player, who has played in both defence and attack for the Hammers this season, reportedly caught the eye of the Blues boss in the League Cup tie between the two sides in October, which the Irons won 2-1.
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The 26-year-old moved from Nottingham Forest to the London side in September 2015 for £7 million.
While it took him some time to settle in, Antonio was an integral part of the team that led the club to an impressive seventh place finish in last season’s Premier League table.
His performances in his debut season led to him being introduced into the England squad by former national coach Sam Allardyce.
West Ham are faring worse so far this campaign as they are currently 13th in the table after an inconsistent start.
Antonio has scored eight goals in 19 league starts and this, coupled with his versatility, has ignited Conte’s interest in the player.
Should Chelsea come knocking for him, it is difficult to see the Englishman turning down an offer to join the Blues, even if West Ham are reluctant to let him leave.