West Ham United are said to be readying themselves for bids for their versatile attacker Michail Antonio, according to The Sun.

The Hammers are extremely keen to keep hold of the former Nottingham Forest man, but rumours have circulated that he could be the subject of some significant interest over the course of the summer.

Crystal Palace are one club said to be interested in the West Ham attacker, with the Eagles expected to go after him if they are unable to keep hold of their own big asset Wilfried Zaha.

The Hammers could also face a bid from Saudi outfit Al-Ittihad, who are understood to be lining up a huge offer for the 29-year-old as they look to take him to the Middle-East.

That could see the West Ham ace working with his former manager Slaven Bilic once again should that deal go through, so Manuel Pellegrini is understandably concerned about the chances of keeping hold of an important member of his squad.

Antonio arrived at the London Stadium in September 2015, joining the Hammers from Nottingham Forest for a fee in the region of £7 million, and has become a key player in the capital in that time.

It is important for Pellegrini to keep his man at West Ham, as the club have already released attackers Andy Carroll and Samir Nasri and have sold Lucas Perez, leaving the club a little light in options in the forward areas.

Given all that, the last thing the Hammers will want is to lose another player who can fill many of the attacking roles at the club, especially if it means losing him to a rival in the Premier League in Crystal Palace.

With that in mind, it would be no surprise to see West Ham offer Antonio a new deal in order to preserve his future at the London Stadium.


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