Everton plot transfer swoop for West Ham striker Michail Antonio but ONLY if they survive relegation
EVERTON will make an ambitious move for West Ham striker Michail Antonio if they beat the drop.
Sean Dyche’s men will be in the market for a couple of forwards to bolster a squad that has been woefully short of goals this season.Everton are targeting a summer move for Michail Antonio[/caption] Coventry’s Viktor Gyokeres is also an option for the Toffees[/caption]
And Hammers frontman Antonio is top of their list — with owner Farhad Moshiri willing to fund the move once the Toffees are assured of Premier League safety.
Hammers held on to Antonio in the last window despite Wolves’ interest, and since then he has featured regularly.
The 32-year-old is the Hammer’s top goalscorer in the history of the Premier League with 59 goals.
But West Ham will be looking for new forwards of their own if they survive — and Antonio could be cleared for one last big payday.
Everton tried and failed for strikers in the closing stages of the last market and have money to spend for the right players.
Coventry’s Viktor Gyokeres, 24, is an option, but Antonio has the top-flight pedigree needed — and Dyche likes to play with two up top.
Gyokeres has been in good form this season scoring 18 goals in 38 Championship games, already more than his tally last season of 17 goals.
Any new faces would push Neal Maupay further down the queue.
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The former Brighton striker has struggled for long spells having only scored once in 20 Premier League appearances for the Toffees.
Injury-plagued Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s inability to play enough games means Everton need a couple of forwards they can rely on next time round.