Report: Derby County table £5m bid for Nottingham Forest star Michail Antonio

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Nottingham Forest winger Michail Antonio has also been linked with West Bromwich Albion this summer.

According to a report in the Daily Mirror, Derby County have tabled a £5 million bid for Nottingham Forest winger Michail Antonio as Paul Clement’s side look to boost their promotion push.

The Rams have been one of the most active clubs in the Championship this summer, bringing in a total of seven new players - including record signing Tom Ince from Hull City.

Despite the club’s lavish spending, there is arguably scope for one more attacking addition, with there plenty of talk about another potential club record transfer fee.

And as reported by the Mirror, the player touted to fit the profile is Nottingham Forest’s highly-rated winger Antonio, with the report stating that a £5 million bid has been lodged by the Rams.

What would Antonio bring to this Derby County team?

Derby boast a wealth of attacking talent for Championship level, with Andreas Weimann, Chris Martin, Darren Bent, Tom Ince and Johnny Russell capable of finding the net.

Yet, with arguably four of those preferring central roles, there is scope to bring in another winger, especially considering Jamie Ward’s summer departure and subsequent move to East Midlands rivals Forest.

Antonio, 25, is powerful, pacey and direct, as the winger hit 14 Championship goals last season, an impressive feat for a side who often struggled for form and battled injuries.

Competition for his signature:

The Rams aren’t alone in their reported bid to sign Antonio as the Mirror report mentions West Bromwich Albion’s failed attempt at signing the former Sheffield Wednesday man.

The Baggies may still go on for him again before the transfer window shuts, although the recent loan signing of Serge Gnabry from Arsenal could be considered a potential alternative.

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