West Brom reportedly still tracking Michail Antonio as potential Matt Phillips alternative

A Nottingham Forest player recently linked with Leeds United is said to be back on the radar of West Bromwich Albion.

According to a report from the Express & Star, West Bromwich Albion may turn their attention back to Nottingham Forest winger Michail Antonio as Queens Park Rangers refuse to budge on their £10million valuation of Baggies target Matt Phillips.

The report claims West Brom are reluctant to break the bank for the QPR wide-man and as a result are keeping tabs on Antonio, who Forest reportedly value at £6million.

At £4million less than Phillips the 25-year-old would be a sensible alternative, and while Forest chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi recently took to Twitter to say he had no intention of selling Antonio, a big bid from West Brom may force him to take notice.

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post earlier this month, Forest’s Championship rivals Leeds United are also said to be interested in Antonio, but Massimo Cellino’s side are unlikely to make a bid close to £6million.

Leeds could certainly do with some additional wide players, and Antonio’s 15 goals and 14 assists last season proves why he would be something of a dream signing for the Whites. But with Baggies boss Tony Pulis seemingly eager to revamp his own squad they appear the more likely candidates if any move is forthcoming.

West Brom have proved in recent times that they are not afraid to spend considerable amounts on the players they feel can take them to the next level. That has not always proved successful but in Antonio they would be signing a winger who scores, assists and is arguably at the perfect age for such a move.

Still, Forest could well have other ideas, leaving both Leeds and West Brom ultimately disappointed…

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