LONDON, (CMC) – Record-breaking Reggae Boy Michail Antonio has hinted he could leave English Premier League strugglers West Ham United in the January transfer window.
The 32-year-old Antonio, who joined the Hammers from Nottingham Forest for £7 million (US$8.6 million) in 2015, confirmed on the Footballer’s Football Podcast on BBC Radio 5 Live, he had been in contact with other clubs.
“Honestly, I’ve not ruled anything out. That’s all I can say,” he said.
“Nothing has been ruled out. There are talks, so whatever happens, happens,” he told the podcast.
Antonio became the Hammers’ top scorer in the Premier League in August 2021 with his 48th top-flight goal, breaking Paolo di Canio’s club record.
He has scored only four goals and provided three assists in all competitions so far this season in which he admitted the current Premier League campaign had been a “very difficult” one, but could not say which teams he had spoken to. He said leaving West Ham would be tough but added that leaving West Ham would be tough.
“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,” he said.
“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,” he added.
Antonio has been linked with rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers, as well as a loan move to Chelsea.
Reports suggest West Ham is open to selling the Jamaica international, who made his debut for the Reggae Boyz in a 3-0 defeat against Panama in a World Cup qualifier in September 2021, but do not want to loan him out.
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