West Ham United are considering moving on winger Michail Antonio and goalkeeper Adrian in January, according to respected insider ExWHUemployee.
The Hammers are said to be looking to streamline their squad in the winter transfer window, and Antonio and Adrian will be allowed to move on if the right offers are received.
“I think Antonio, if the right offer comes in for him, could be one that we look to move on,” the insider said on The West Ham Way podcast [06/11; 48:47]. “We wanted about £20million for him in the summer.”
“I think they’ll look to possibly move on Adrian as well. You know, you’ve got a decent back up ‘keeper but he’s not really challenging [Lukasz] Fabianski, is he? And he’s on reasonably high wages. I can’t see the club holding onto him for too long.”
The Adrian one doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense, does it? The Spaniard has been a fine servant to the club and is a pretty high level back up goalkeeper at Premier League level. He was keeping Joe Hart out of the Hammers team last season so he’s surely good enough to serve as deputy to Fabianski. The only real reason for moving him on would be so that the club can get in a number two on lower wages than Adrian. Antonio seems a bit more feasible. Sky Sports reported in the summer that West Ham were open to offers for the Englishman, and it now looks as if he could be moved on in January. He’s been in and out of the team this season but hasn’t really contributed much to the first team. He’s not scoring the goals or grabbing the assists that he used to and so his time is probably up in East London. We’ll have to wait and see if anyone produces an offer that the Hammers deem acceptable for him.