Could West Bromwich Albion bring the exciting Nottingham Forest player to The Hawthorns this summer?
The report claims Forest have no intention of selling the 25-year-old but that it is understood the player could attempt to force a move.
The Birmingham Mail says that West Brom boss Tony Pulis has not given up on Antonio and that he sees him as a far more realistic target than Queens Park Rangers’ Matt Phillips…although Serge Gnabry also reportedly remains on his radar.
Why the fuss?
If the report is true and West Brom are holding out for Antonio despite Forest’s reluctance to sell, it would not be a surprise given the player’s talent and recent form.
The winger played 49 matches for Forest last season, scoring 15 goals and providing 14 assists, and one particularly electrifying run at the start of the campaign will not have gone unnoticed.
The alleged West Brom target scored four goals and provided six assists in the first seven games of Forest’s Championship campaign and that kind of form would be welcomed with open arms at The Hawthorns.
With a contract until the summer of 2017, the player will not leave unless an offer too good to refuse comes in, or if, as suggested in the report, he asks for a move.