Report: Leeds United identify Nottingham Forest star player Michail Antonio as ambitious summer target

Assombalonga, Antonio and Le Fondre

The Yorkshire club are believed to want Antonio, but know his signing is unlikely.

Leeds United are reportedly interested in signing winger Michail Antonio from Nottingham Forest, according to a report by The Yorkshire Evening Post.

The report claimed that Leeds want a central midfielder and left-winger before the start of the season and had identified Forest star player Antonio as the perfect option to solve their wide problems.

Leeds still have almost no out-and-out wide options and Antonio is one of the best in the division. The former Sheffield Wednesday man scored 15 goals for their Championship rivals last season, finishing as joint top scorer with Britt Assombalonga.

Will a move happen?

It looks very unlikely. The report intimates that while Antonio is something of a dream signing, a deal looks a long way off.

First of all there is the price-tag. He has been linked with Premier League clubs this summer so Forest are likely to want a fairly sizeable amount to sell the player – which might just shoot down any interest before it even gets off the ground.

Earlier this summer West Brom bid £5m for the player, as reported by The Sun, and were told to back off. Leeds are unlikely to offer any more.

Then there is the fact that Forest are nearly certain to not sell arguably their best player to a Championship rival.

Leeds and Forest are potentially the two biggest clubs in the Championship and for them to do business over a player of Antonio’s calibre seems far-fetched.

It seems Antonio is just the stuff of dreams and a more likely wide option is sure to arrive sometime this summer.

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