Antonio refuses to rule out exit from West Ham

Michail Antonio has refused to rule out leaving West Ham this month amid speculation linking the forward with an exit.

Antonio has started just nine league games for the Hammers this season following the summer signing of Gianluca Scamacca, while the recent addition of Danny Ings has added further competition for a place in the side.


Wolves have been strongly linked with the 30-year-old, while the BBC have credited Chelsea with an interest in signing Antonio on loan as Graham Potter looks to add a centre-forward to his squad before the deadline.

West Ham are understood to be open to his sale, but do not want to loan the forward who has scored 66 goals in 254 appearances for the London side since signing from Nottingham Forest in a £7m deal in 2015.

Discussing his future, Antonio told The Footballer’s Football Podcast that he is not ruling out a move before the January deadline.

“Honestly, I’ve not ruled anything out. That’s all I can say,” the Jamaica international said.

“Nothing has been ruled out. There are talks, so whatever happens, happens.”

Speaking on the podcast he features on alongside Newcastle’s Callum Wilson, Antonio said he would be ‘upset’ to leave West Ham after becoming the club’s all-time record scorer in the Premier League.

“I’ve been here for eight-and-a-half years now, become top goalscorer for the club and I’ve loved every moment of it. Every single moment is somewhere close to my heart and I’ll always be looking out for it. I love the fans, I’ve loved my time at West Ham.

“It’s just one of those things. I’m not saying goodbye, I’m saying basically, if it happens, it happens and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.

“I won’t be upset about staying and I’ll definitely be upset if I leave because obviously I’ve enjoyed my time here, but football is football.

“Players move, players stay and eight-and-a-half years at one club, I would never have thought of it because before I came to West Ham the most I stayed at a club was two years. I’ve still got a year and a half here. I can’t say I’m going because I’ve still got a year and a half left at the club.”

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