Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly one of numerous clubs interested in signing West Ham United striker Michail Antonio, who is also said to be wanted by relegation battlers Everton. The Jamaican, who was largely kept at bay by Nathan Collins and Max Kilman when Wolves faced West Ham last weekend, could add depth to Julen Lopetegui’s attack.
The new man in the Molineux dugout is close to completing the signings of midfield pairing Pablo Sarabia and Joao Gomes, but he could now turn his attention to the forward line as well. Matheus Cunha was signed on Christmas Day, as the Brazilian initially joined on loan from Atletico Madrid but Wolves have already activated the option-to-buy clause in his contract.
Lopetegui is might not be done there, though, as talkSPORT reports that West Ham are ‘open to offers for Antonio if they can sign a replacement’. Wolves are said to be ‘among the clubs to have registered their interest’ in the 32-year-old, who has played just 49% of the minutes available to him in the Premier League this season.
Antonio has netted just twice in the English top flight this term, with one additional goal in the Europa Conference League and another in the Carabao Cup. He is by no means in top form at current, but he has proven himself as a prolific forward over the years - and one that can cause plenty of problems for defences with his physicality.
Meanwhile, Lopetegui reportedly ready to offload Goncalo Guedes
In other Wolves news, also from talkSPORT, Lopetegui has reportedly given the club the go-ahead to listen to offers for Portuguese forward Goncalo Guedes. The 26-year-old, who only signed for Wanderers in the summer for around £30 million, was left out of Lopetegui’s squad entirely for the game against West Ham, with the choice down to “tactical reasons” according to the boss himself.
Guedes has scored just one goal and contributed only one assist in 13 Premier League appearances since arriving at Molineux. He did net in the 2-2 draw at Liverpool in the FA Cup recently, but he has very quickly fallen down the pecking order, it seems. Former club Valencia and La Liga giants Barcelona are said to be interested.