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Report claims West Ham could be forced into shock Michail Antonio sale

West Ham could be forced into selling Michail Antonio this summer because of the global health crisis, according to a report from Football.London.

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The 30-year-old is arguably one of the Hammers’ most important players. The east London outfit really missed Antonio earlier this season when he spent three months on the sidelines from August to November.

The pacy winger joined West Ham from Nottingham Forest for around £7 million in the summer of 2015 (BBC).

Michail Antonio (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

With his pace and power, he offers the Hammers something that they do not otherwise possess.

Antonio is absolutely adored by the West Ham fans.

The 30-year-old has racked up 30 goals and 21 assists in 145 games for the Hammers (Transfermarkt).

Don’t sell at any cost

And it is imperative that David Moyes keeps hold of the former Forest man this summer. The problem for the Scot, however, is that Antonio is out of contract in the summer of 2021.

Michail Antonio (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

And Football.London claims that the Hammers could decide to sell him this summer, rather than offering him a new deal, considering his recent hamstring problems.

It is also suggested that the financial ramifications caused by the health crisis may influence West Ham’s decision to move Antonio on.

Selling the 30-year-old this summer would be a huge mistake by the Hammers, however.

Obviously everyone has a price. But it will be so hard for West Ham to replace Antonio.

And in spite of his recent injury problems, the east Londoners should take a leap of faith by offering him a new deal this summer.

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