Everton are interested in signing Michail Antonio, who is reportedly receptive to offers from West Ham United this month.
That’s according to TalkSPORT, who claim that Everton are ‘ready to return’ Antonio as they hope to bring in a new striker.
West Ham are reportedly willing to let Antonio leave this month as long as they can find a replacement.
Lampard and Everton are now set to join the race after Wolverhampton Wanderers showed real interest.
There has even been interest from Chelsea according to The Guardian, but West Ham rejected their attempts at a loan deal.
West Ham are pushing to sign Lorient striker Terem Moffi, who has also been linked with Everton, and a deal for him could see Antonio leave.
Antonio’s move in 2015 from Nottingham Forest has been a coup for West Ham.
With over 250 appearances for the club, Antonio has been a mainstay under various managers and has been a fan favorite throughout the years.
Antonio developed into a solid Premier League striker, scoring 10 goals in each season from 2019-20 to 2021-2022.
However, this season has been much more difficult, with Antonio managing just two Premier League goals in 18 appearances.
The arrival of Gianluca Scamacca over the summer means Antonio has only started eight Premier League games and has come off the bench 10 times.
Antonio just doesn’t look like the player he once was and at almost 33, there are reasons to fear that he is headed for a steep decline.
That’s something Everton have to be very careful about; they have signed too many of those players over the years.
Everton need goals and with Antonio exhausting himself this season, and his advancing years, we’re not sure this is exactly what the Toffees are looking for.